How to shoot a film "Officers"
• How to shoot the film "Officers"
46 years ago, July 26, 1971 saw the release of "officers", which in the first year looked more than 53 million viewers. The phrase "There is such a profession - to defend the motherland" immediately became airborne, and the film - a cult. This success could not have been possible without the participation of the actors play the main role - George Yumatova, Basil Lanovoi and Alina Pokrovskaya. However, the audience can hardly know that the subject is on the verge of collapse, and the reason for this was all your favorite actors.
The idea of making a film about the fate of the officers' wives came to the Soviet Defense Minister, Marshal Grechko. He was the author of the famous phrase, which has become the leitmotif of the lives of two friends, officers Alexei Trofimov (George Yumatov) and Ivan Barabbas (Basil Lanoviy). However, the film went far beyond the original intention and became a whole chronicle of the lives of three generations of officers, for whom friendship concepts of honor and duty - above all else.
Now it is impossible to imagine in the lead roles of other actors, but then they were chosen from dozens of applicants. On the role of Luba auditioned Gurchenko Vertinskaya Miroshnichenko, Nemolyaeva, Chursina, Golubkina and other actresses. Directed opted Larissa Luzhin, but she could not be removed, as was expecting a baby. Then a tour called 30-year-old Alina Pokrovskaya, which was to live a life on the screen of her character from 17 years and up to old age. Filming began "to the end", and in the first scene, she was offered to play Luba in adulthood. She is very worried, but still coped with the task.
42 actors auditioned for the role of Alexei Trofimov and 50 - on the role of Ivan Barabbas. Spectators could see in these images on the screen of Ephraim, Burkova, Rybnikov, Solomin, Vladimir Vysotsky, and even Shukshina Dzhigarkhanyan! But the director could not find a "real" officers. He too was about to shoot his friend of the pilot, but he did not have the actor's data. Scriptwriter, the writer Boris Vasilyev insisted on the candidacy of his friend - the famous actor George Yumatova. However, at that time the majority of the directors chose not to do with him - everyone knew that the actor suffers from alcohol addiction and can disrupt the shooting. Horny decided to risk it.
George Yumatov was kinokumirom 1950s. In the Soviet Union it was not a man who would not know the name. But his fame-Union has played a trick on him - the actor took to drinking. Horny decided to give him another chance, especially since the writer Vasilyev vouched for his friend. But in addition to the risk that Yumatov can break and drink, there were other difficulties. The fact that the actor at that time was already 44 years old, and at the beginning of the film he was to play a young man. "Rejuvenation" of the procedure was very painful: it braided pigtails and tightly tied up to their temples to smooth wrinkles, his face smeared with egg white. But it was of secondary importance, because Yumatova was the trump card - he went through the war and the service knew firsthand. The scar on the back Trofimov, who saw the film Lyuba - this is a real scar Yumatova from injury.
George Yumatov in the film * Officers * 1971
During filming in Sevastopol actor still I could not resist and fell: so he has not left the town red, he was locked in a hotel room, but his fans on the sheets bound through the window gave him vodka. Shootings were threatened, and in Sevastopol urgently summoned wife Yumatova - Muse Kreptogorskii who always knew how to cope with his hard drinking. When she arrived, he admitted that he fell in love with his partner, actress Alina Pokrovskaya. She did not respond to him in return, and it nearly played a fatal role in the fate of the film. Muse is not the first time her husband saved in similar situations, and this time was able to help him.
Basil Lanoviy in the film * Officers * 1971
The problem was and is that partner Yumatova the film became Basil Lanoviy and it actor was offended because he played the role of Pavel Korchagin, he dreamed of himself. But as a result, they not only found a common language, but also made a brilliant actor duet.
Basil Lanoviy in the film * Officers * 1971
Lanovoi refused this role, because I could not understand: if the hero lifelong loves one woman, why he is idle? The director has found a way out. He suggested Lanovoy "play romance", and then the image of the actor seemed clearer and closer. "And even in theater and film, and I was a realist, and comedian and vaudeville character, played heroes and villains, but the warehouse of the soul, I still romantic. Therefore, probably, it was a hit! I have already refused the role of Ivan Barabbas, but still, in the end, agreed to, and the film was for me one of the most expensive ", - he said.
in the film Georgy Yumatov * Officers * 1971
July premiere of "officers" in the cinema "Russia" was held in a half-empty hall, but Marshal Grechko insisted that the film showed Brezhnev. He was able to appreciate the true picture, and with its approval in the fall conducted a re-premiere, this time sold out. The film became a leader in the traffic, and competition in military schools has increased several times.