How were filming "Straw Hat"
• How to shoot the movie "Straw Hat"
Musical comedy Leonid Kvinikhidze was shot 44 years ago and since then has not lost its popularity. The success of "Straw Hat" called the director and a brilliant cast, improvise on the fly, and the unique atmosphere of lightness and joy which reigned on the set with the first to the last day of work. However, after the film Andrei Mironov and Lyudmila Gurchenko was not amused: due to "lightweight vaudeville" They have lost their roles in the movie by Eldar Ryazanov.
In 1973, Leonid Kvinikhidze finished work on the film "Failure of Engineer Garin", which critics immediately dubbed "the collapse Kvinikhidze director." Disapproving reviews were so many, and to distract them, the director suggested to his colleagues: "And let's now the take off something cheerful!" For the film adaptation has been selected vaudeville "Straw Hat" French authors Marc-Michel and Eugene Labiche, written in 1851 Initially, nobody took this job seriously and does not expect that the film will be blockbusters "forever."
In the new film by the director invited the same actors, with whom he worked in "Failure of Engineer Garin", - Oleg Borisov and Nona Terentyev. However, Borisov could not be removed due to illness, and Lyudmila Gurchenko in the samples proved to be more convincing than Terentyev. When the casting director was guided primarily by personal likes and tried to collect those artists who knew each other and got along well. And this turned out to be a win-win strategy: on-site reigned friendly atmosphere, and the shooting took place very easily.
Mikhail Boyarsky as tenor Ninardi | Photo: kino-teatr.ru
This film is referred to as film debut Mikhail Boyarsky. Although before that he had already starred in several films, his first works were not seen. The shooting "Straw Hat," he got through his father, who had long known Kvinikhidze and he performed in the film a cameo appearance in the guard hut. Italian tenor Ninardi was so brilliant in the performance of Mikhail Boyarsky, that it is this work was the start of his successful film career.
Mikhail Kazakov as Viscount | Photo: kino-teatr.ru
Actors are often improvise in the frame, and it did not interfere with the director, although the text of the script changed on the fly. A lot of new colors in the image of his hero made Kvinikhidze childhood friend, the actor Mikhail Kozakov, on the idea that the Vicomte de Rosalba looked dandy with different sexual orientations. When he first made his remark about the romance "Evening Breeze" with meadow, ladybugs and very young-very young shepherd boy, Andrei Mironov broke down and burst out laughing right in front of the camera: "Are you crazy? Close all to hell "directed only waved his hand:" Ah! Let the blind! "However, the censors missed the cue, and the final version of the film these scenes included unchanged.
Andrei Mironov in the film Straw Hat * * 1974 | Photo: kino-teatr.ru
Complete freedom of action and the trust of the director of actors motivated to the maximum dedication and improvisation, as a result, the film had many funny episodes, not scripted. In the scene with the duel hero Kazakov flew wig. Everyone laughed, Alisa Freundlich covered his bald head with a fan, but the actor was not taken aback and immediately responded: "What I do not see anything funny! Wig - it's very modern, "said the director does not turn off the camera and keep shooting!. In the next episode improvisation caught Andrei Mironov. He walked over to Alice Freundlich, kissed her neck, then turned to the hero Boyarsky, gave: "I recommend!" In the crew became hysterical, and this episode was one of the best in the film.
Mikhail Boyarsky later admitted that while the main teacher Alisa Freundlich was for him that gave him during the filming of valuable advice. He said that "for her fan could hide any novice actor" - it was so brilliantly in this role, that next to her and inexperienced actor felt more confident.
Old Marina in the film Straw Hat * * 1974 | Photo: kino-teatr.ru
On the role of the bride Ekaterina Vasilyeva was approved by the main character. But at the last moment on the arts council said that the bride should be more good-looking, and recommended to invite another actress. Old Marina came to the shooting by accident, before she starred in the movie is not among the masters of Soviet cinema felt very insecure. But even this restraint was the director's hand - her character just had to look that way. And Ekaterina Vasilyeva eventually got the role of an unfaithful wife, because missing a straw hat and a rose a stir. Vasilyeva the shooting came, accompanied by the famous playwright Mikhail Roshchin, with whom she then had an affair. And the director has decided to withdraw and in the episode as a lamplighter.
After the premiere of the film and the director, actors and expected an incredible success. The audience "Straw Hat" enjoyed phenomenal popularity, all the phrases immediately went on the quote. But there was one man whom this glory was not pleased, - Eldar Ryazanov. The fact that he was just getting ready to start filming "Twist of Fate" and was going to shoot starring Lyudmila Gurchenko and Andrei Mironov. However, their "vaudeville image," according to the director, would prevent viewers perceive them seriously in dramatic roles. And he began to look to other actors. Yet Gurchenko Mironov appeared in "Twist of Fate": when Hippolyte turned on the TV, there was a scene from the "Straw Hat", where the characters were dancing together.
Andrei Mironov in the film Straw Hat * * 1974