As filmed "Five Evenings"
• How to shoot the film "Five Evenings"
The film is based on the play by Alexander Volodin, which successfully went to Leningrad and the Moscow Drama Theater "Contemporary". Playwright wrote this piece in 1959 and that same year it put both theaters. The performances were so popular that theatergoers specially traveled to another city in order to compare the Leningrad version of Georgy Tovstonogov with the Moscow version of Oleg Efremov.
Opinions theater fans divided as usual, and the author himself, "Five Evenings" liked very tovstonogovsky performance. There were also those who did not accept any of the options and playwright accused of pessimism, distorting reality and "unhealthy interest in young people and unsettled destiny."
When Alexander Volodin learned that film will play Nikita Mikhalkov, the first did not give consent to the shooting. According to him, Mikhalkov was too young to convey the atmosphere of the 40-50-ies, he said that the play is already obsolete, and modernize it, he will not. But the director convinced him that he can do retro pattern, just took longer and "At Home Among Strangers," and "Slave of Love", and "An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano" and everywhere a certain era was recorded.
For Nikita Mikhalkov's film "Five Evenings" in general has become random, he had no plans to film the play. He shot two-part film "A few days in the life of II Oblomov" and he had a few months of inactivity after the completion of work on the first series. He was afraid that during this period will lose Kinogruppa and thinking what to do. Then the operator offered him in the gap quickly to remove some other small picture. Offer to take the popular "Five Evenings" was made by Oleg Tabakov, they say, chamber story, the actors do not need much. Mikhalkov hit on the idea and soon the day he dosnimali "Oblomov" and in the evening and night rehearsing "Five Evenings" ...
Lyudmila Gurchenko director approved without trial. He promised to give her the lead role in his last film "An Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano", but the actress broke her leg and did not wait for her recovery. Gurchenko was afraid that Mikhalkov s nothing more to offer, but he remembered about his unfulfilled promise. Stanislav Lyubshin already played "five o'clock" - it was his debut at the "Contemporary", though not starring. Now he had to get used to the image of the adult character, and they with the director agreed that the disputed points will shoot two takes - as he wants and how Mikhalkov sees Lyubshin.
Together with famous actors for the first time appeared on the screen 19-year-old Larisa Kuznetsova and 18-year-old Igor Nefedov. They studied with Oleg Tabakov, and when he proposed to remove the "Five Evenings", said that the shooting will send the most promising students.
When the play staged in the 50-60-ies was vital topic camp last hero. Directly to the author I never talked about it, but all clues the audience were read. In the play the song sounded "Darling you're my" Who Knew including as a song of exiles and immigrants. In the adaptation of the protagonist I have been the other way, and he was looking for another folk song. We found "Duma damned," called Bard Sergei Nikitin with a request to perform it for the film. Nikitin laughed at the "popular" song - it turned out that the "Lips damned" wrote Julius Kim, but she somehow left the people without authorship and with different types of names ...
Alexander Volodin came to shooting, watching the process, but I have never made any comments. He decided to give the filmmakers total creative freedom, so it was very interesting as the history is cluttered with the details in the movie, and not on the stage. He admitted that in Stanislav Lyubshin sees the addition Ilyin, about whom he wrote the play, and the play itself - a personal story. Was his life is exactly the same meeting ... Stanislav Lyubshin for her role in "Five Evenings" was named the best actor in 1979 and a prize at the International Festival in France.