A popular Soviet movie, which was released in theaters thanks to Brezhnev
Many films from the golden fund of Soviet cinema were released only because it liked Leonid Brezhnev, an avid fan of the movie. Secretary General to the country often brought news of the world and national cinema, and Brezhnev was far-sighted and liberal than his subordinates, ready to put on the shelf a film for the slightest mistake and disparity.
Let us remember the famous Soviet Hit Movies that viewers were able to see just because they saved Brezhnev.
"The White Sun of the Desert" (director Vladimir Motyl, 1969)
A special commission, which has watched all the Soviet pattern, ready for release on the wide screen, the director Vladimir Motyl filed a number of claims and conditions. Censors were not satisfied with the tragic denouement of the film and a number of story-making. As a result, the director had to bring into the picture about 30 amendments. Part of the scenes would have to fully retake. Motyl refused to remake the film. As a result, the tape "The White Sun of the Desert" has been shelved.
Leonid Brezhnev was very fond of American Westerns. In the fall of 1969 in his country house we had to bring another batch of overseas adventure film, but something went wrong, and from America to get the film did not have time. As a result, searching for a copy of the "White Sun of the Desert" was found in the vault, which Brezhnev and taken to the country. Secretary General came to a complete delight after watching. Leonid Ilyich particularly impressed fight scene on the barge. He called the State Committee for Cinematography, the head of the institution expressed his admiration and wondered why until now the picture is not seen Soviet audience. The film "White Sun of the Desert" had given the green light.
Vladimir Motyl agreed on some minor amendments, the film was released in rent, and almost immediately after its premiere won the national love.
"Kidnapping, Caucasian Style" (directed by Leonid Gaidai, 1966)
The State cinema categorically did not want to make a movie. Did not like the joke, I did not like the composer Alexander Zatsepin's songs, one of which was, "If I were a sultan ...", declared immoral. On Friday, the chairman of the State Committee for Cinematography acceptance of the film Alexei Romanov was already in a bad mood, he did not hide. While watching this comedy in the hall did not laugh nobody except projectionist who had to calm.
At the end of the film one of the officials said to the authors, that the anti-Soviet will be displayed only over his dead body. The final decision on this film were to take on Monday, at a session of the State Cinema Committee. In order and dispersed. Some friends have already begun to shun the filmmakers.
But what was general amazement when Romanov on Monday morning, coming out of the office, and congratulated the authors said that their film leaves in hire, and he was awarded the highest category of rolling. What happened?
It turns out that on Friday night, when everyone had gone, the assistant called Brezhnev and asked to send to the General Secretary for the weekend "something new." The attendant said that there is a comedy, but it had just been rejected. But, nevertheless, the film was sent to Brezhnev. The result exceeded all expectations! Brezhnev was delighted with the picture, laughing to tears, and then brought to show the film to my colleagues in the government. Brezhnev knew comedy lyrics by heart. He even bothered to watch the governing parties, prompted all the time: "And now he says that the groom stole a member of the party in a nearby village." Brezhnev laughed longer and louder than anyone. Therefore, the "high" audience took great film.
Brezhnev called the State Committee for Cinematography and expressed not only his opinion but also members of the Politburo, congratulated "the next victory of the Soviet cinema." On the government cottages over the weekend painting drove seven times. As a result of this work Gaidai was given the highest rating. A little later, officials signed a decree on the comedy show in all theaters of the Soviet Union.
So fans of the picture should be glad that Brezhnev was a great sense of humor.
"The Diamond Arm" (directed by Leonid Gaidai, 1968)
Another great comic strip Gaidai was ready for the premiere of two years after the publication of hire "the Caucasian captive". it was initially destined to the exact same fate as the previous work of the master. Commission members unanimously declared that the domestic screen is not the place frivolous songs and jokes, some of which, according to officials, violating all norms of Soviet morality.
Brezhnev then again I asked for the weekend new comedy, to see the country, and again laughed heartily. He liked the film so that he watched it twice. Then he called the General Directorate of Cinematography with a request: "Immediately release the movie on the screen."
"Gentlemen of Fortune" (directed by Alexander Gray, 1971)
Officials State cinema did not like thieves' slang, often used during the film, and the romanticizing criminals images that look funny and not at all scary. Not counting, of course, the senior lecturer.
And the fate of this film also broke Leonid Ilyich. Has brought a picture of Brezhnev's dacha his son, Colonel Churbanov, who served in the Interior Ministry. Together they watched the film, and the Churbanov commented on some of its episodes. Picture of Brezhnev and cheered him very much. Unlike officials, nothing divergent with Soviet ideology he did not notice.
And a few months after this holiday viewing the movie seen by millions of viewers. Time will put everything in its place. painting success was overwhelming.
"Pirates of the twentieth century" (directed by Boris Durov, 1979)
Karate - that nearly played a fatal role in the fate of the "Pirates": this sport is considered in the USSR ideologically harmful, karate clubs were semi-underground existence. But on the set of the coach he was completely legal - the famous karate Tadeusz Kasyanov (he played boatswain Matveitch). The film, as soon as he was finished in 1979, showed the heads of the Central Committee of Komsomol and immediately banned, although in the High Court at the cinema - State cinema - he slipped. A Komsomol leaders were afraid: the film "not ours"! "Pirates" sent on the shelf and just forget about them until the tape has not got to the home view to giving the secretary general.
View in one weekend at his dacha this rollicking action movie in which "our" boldly deal with enemies, Brezhnev was surprised why this film does not show people. Immediately thereafter, the film was removed from the shelves and sent to rental. Thus began his triumphal march across the screens of the country. Again, thanks to Brezhnev ...
"The Belarusian Railway Station" (directed by Andrey Smirnov, 1971)
The creators of this film was accused of creating a flawed way of a police officer. Filmmakers have ensured that the film looked at all the party leaders and Brezhnev himself. Leonid Ilyich was very touched by the picture - at the scene, when the heroine Nina Urgant sings Bulat Okudzhava "We need a victory," his eyes flowed with tears.
After that closed session, it was decided to release the "Belarusian Station" on the screen as soon as possible, as the famous song from the movie from the moment trying to include every concert, which was attended by Brezhnev.
"Garage" (directed by Eldar Ryazanov, 1979)
In March 1980, in the House of Cinema Ryazanov he presented his new work - a satirical comedy "Garage". The film was received with enthusiasm. And Ryazanov expected that soon the whole country will plunge into the "garage" passion on the screen. But it turned out that the picture was released a very small circulation in the capital, it did not show at all, to see the film could only be in the suburbs. And after the first edition shows the tape going at all to destroy. But here, contribute to the salvation of the film made Leonid Brezhnev.
At that time, the CPSU Central Committee plenum held in which Brezhnev in his report has emphasized the fact that you must ruthlessly expose and criticize shortcomings in public life. And so it was that the "garage" was just what we needed to respond promptly to the Soviet filmmakers in the demand of the time, the call of the party.