Marlene Dietrich and Paustovsky: History of one photo
• Marlene Dietrich and Paustovsky: History of one photo
Name Paustovsky in modern reading public not in honor, while in the second half of the twentieth century. his stories knew every student. His works are admired not only in the USSR, but also abroad. In 1964, on a tour arrived in Moscow Hollywood star Marlene Dietrich. On the stage of the Central House of Writers then there was an unprecedented event: the world-famous actress down on her knees before the Soviet writer Konstantin Paustovsky and kissed his hand. The room froze all ...
On his desire to meet with Paustovsky Hollywood star she said, barely down from the ramp. She was asked what she would like to see in the first place - the Kremlin, the Bolshoi Theater, Mausoleum? She replied: "I would like to get acquainted with Paustovsky. It is my long-cherished dream. " The actress explained to the astonished public that Paustovsky - her favorite writer, and that the largest literary event in her life, she believes his story "Telegram". And ever since, when she first read this work, I want to meet with the author.
In 1963, Marlene Dietrich gave at a concert in Moscow and Leningrad. At that time she was already 62 years old, but she looked great. In the Moscow theater stage it was impossible to get tickets to her performance. She appeared on stage in a chic slinky dress and amazed spectators ideal contours of the figure. No one guessed that the main secret of her perfect silhouette was the original corset with rubber gaskets that are created specifically for her immigrant from Georgia, her close friend, dancer Tamara Gamsakhurdia. It is through this body-hugging corset dress with sequins looked stunning. And in Leningrad actress speech made an even bigger splash.
émigré from Georgia, ballerina Tamara Gamsakhurdia and her friend, actress Marlene Dietrich in a corset of her work
On the eve of the visit of Marlene Dietrich in the USSR Paustovsky, who at that time was already 72-th year, suffered a heart attack. Despite poor health, he went to a concert of Hollywood stars in the Central House of Writers. Upon learning that her idol - in the hall, Marlene asked to leave it to the stage. In the eyes of the amazed public, she in her chic dress knelt and kissed his hand stunned the writer. Sheath cracked at the seams, crystals scattered around the scene. But the actress did not pay attention to it. She explained that she had read a lot of books, but no writer did not make such an impression on her, and that her Russian soul. The audience applauded standing.
In all the newspapers and magazines wrote about this act of Hollywood star
Later, in his autobiography, "Reflections" actress Russian writer devoted an entire chapter in which shared his impressions of the meeting with him: "... One day, I read the story" The Telegram "Paustovskogo. He has made me the impression that neither the story, nor the name of the writer of whom had never heard, I could not forget. I could not find other books of this amazing writer. When I came on tour in Russia, the Moscow airport asked about Paustovskii. Here gathered hundreds of journalists, they do not ask stupid questions I usually have plagued other countries. Their questions were very interesting. Our conversation lasted more than an hour. When we arrived at my hotel, I already knew everything about Paustovskii ... Later I read both volumes of "The Story of Life" and was intoxicated with his prose ... Since then, I felt like a duty - to kiss the hand of the writer who wrote it. And now - has come true! I am happy that I could do it. "
Many in the USSR and abroad actress act as a surprise, and she explained: "I was so shocked by his presence, that, being unable to utter in Russian word, found no other way to tell him their admiration, except as the fall in front of him on his knees. Worrying about his health, I wanted him to be immediately returned to the hospital. But his wife reassured me: "It would be better for him." Great effort was worth it to come to see me. He died shortly afterwards. I still have his books and memories about him. He wrote romantic, but simply, without embellishment. I'm not sure that it is known in America, but once it "open". In his descriptions he reminds Hamsun. He - the best of the Russian writers, I know. I met him too late. "
A still from the movie * * Telegram 1957
Even a small fragment of the story Paustovskogo "Telegram" gives an idea of why a Hollywood actress, he made such a strong impression: "My darling, - wrote Katerina Petrovna. - Winter that I will not survive. Come for a day at least. Give a look at you, hold your hand. I have become old and weak to the point that hard for me not to walk and even sit and lie down - death has forgotten me the way. Garden dries - absolutely no one - but I did not see it. Today is bad fall. So hard; whole life, it seems, was not so long as one this fall. "
Marlene Dietrich and Paustovsky