As filmed "Athos"
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August 25 celebrates its 88 th anniversary of the famous film director and screenwriter, People's Artist of the USSR Georgy Danelia. Thanks to him, there were films that have become classics of Soviet cinema - "Walking the Streets of Moscow", "Mimino", "Autumn Marathon", "Kin-Dza-Dza" and "Athos". On the set of "Athos" happened many amusing curiosities about which the director told me many years later.
Written for the film Alexander Borodyansky later recalled: "At that time I worked as a house painter, plasterer and correspondence courses at VGIK on scriptwriting faculty, and my life was similar to the fate of the characters in the movie. At first I wanted to make Athos also a painter, and then stopped at the Plumber as a figure plumbing was then at the hearing, they were writing about a lot of jokes. They were, as they say now, in the top of the discussion. I must say that practically wrote the script with himself, gave the hero his best qualities: cheerful, kind, ready to help. "
fotoproby actors for the role of Athos | Photo: dubikvit.livejournal.com
Danelia often said in interviews that originally as Athos had only seen Leonid Kuravleva. Today really is difficult to imagine in the way of someone else, as Athos was the hallmark of the actor. But in fact, this role auditioned and other actors, among them Vladimir Vysotsky, Nikolai Karachentsov, Vladimir Menshov, Vladimir Spout and Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski. His choice Danelia explains: "There are Kuravleva a secret. Athos in his performance forgive something that would have never forgiven nor Athos Olbrychski nor Athos Vysotsky. Volodya - a strong personality, and his audience would not forgive what he had done Athos. And we want the audience at the end of the film does not hate our Athos, and regret. " Vysotsky appeared in this role too powerful and serious plumber, and the director wanted more humor and gentleness, Vladimir Spout was not at all like a rowdy and drunk, and about Karachentsova assistant director said that with such teeth Woman not uh.
fotoproby Vladimir Nozzle for the role of Athos | Photo: prikolno.cc
Initially we planned to shoot the film in the film studio. Dovzhenko, and promised a major role Borislav Brondukova. But then the script "Athos", written by Alexander Borodyansky, won the contest works union of the working class, and to entrust the shooting "Mosfilm". Brondukov was very grieved the loss of the title role, but Borodyansky persuaded the director to give him the role of Athos Fedulov companion, actor and it performed admirably. Danelia therefore decided to expand this role to a few episodes instead of one. As a result, colleagues joked, saying that eclipsed Fedul of Athos. After that film directors have seen it only in such a role, and offered him the role of alcoholic and slackers, because of what the actor was very upset. A major role in the "Mount Athos" as a result of inherited Leonid Kuravleva, with the condition that he must lose weight to the top of the shoot.
Evgenia Simonova as Katie Snegirev | Photo: fishki.net
It is not easy going through the search of the actress and the role of Katie Snegirev. Evgenia Simonova candidacy offered the assistant director. Once Danelia saw this young actress, he immediately decided to adopt it, even without trial. But when the shooting began, it turned out that at the same time with this film the actress is busy in another project. And despite the difficulties in scheduling, the director did not look for a replacement. On working with Kuravlevym Evgenia Simonova recalled: "On the Athos I would not pay attention, and to be looked Kuravleva. I consider it very attractive, but I did not look at it as a potential man because of age, he still older than me by 18 years. "
Viewers certainly memorable heroine theater actress Tatiana Kataeva (Rasputina) - she played a buxom girl Lyudmila, which Athos had met at a dance. To her bust looked more impressive costume planted her bodice packages with semolina. In recent years, the life of the actress and her husband lived in New York, and in 2003 she died at the age of 60 years.
Nina Maslova in the role of Lena | Photo: kino-teatr.ru
Lena, the beauty of the apartment №139, where Athos repaired crane and fell in love with the mistress, screenwriter Alexander Borodyansky "written off" with his wife Tatiana. Once home to them and really got into the habit to come plumber, who, according to Alexander, was in love with his wife. This episode he used when he wrote the script. On the role of Lena approved Nina Maslova, known for the film "Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation" (where she played Martha V., the king's wife). She then was too busy on another project, and even went to the shooting in Germany, besides the script "Athos" At first it seemed she did not interesting, but Danelia decided to wait for her and persuade. Director's instinct will never fail, and this time he was in the "top ten" with a choice of all the actors.
Nina Maslova in the role of Lena | Photo: kino-teatr.ru
This film is notable for the fact that the songs it sang of the "Araks" and "The Time Machine", and the audience learned about them for the first time thanks to "Athos". The song "Sunny Island" sounded when Athanasius soup and Snegirev Kate met at a dance. For Andrei Makarevich and "Time Machine", this film was a film debut.
In 1975, the film became the leader of the Soviet film distribution, many viewers watched it in theaters several times. In the year of the premiere of the picture looked 62 million people. Leonid Kuravleva collapsed incredible popularity.
Unfortunately, many of the actors who played in the film, is no longer alive. In 1994 he retired from Yevgeny Leonov lives a year - Savely Kramáre, 2004 was not Borislav Brondukova. they are all gone prematurely, not having played dozens of roles.
The monument to the heroes of the film in Yaroslavl, where the shooting took place