How was the film "Athos"
Here is what about the shooting of the film director Danelia:
"It began with the fact that the State cinema gave me read the script Alexander Borodyansky:" About Afonyia, plumber housing department number 2 ". The plot was hard, with a sad ending. I liked the script. I met Borodyansky, we talked, realized that we understand each other, and sat down to work. We worked for several months, but in the end little changed intonation, in some places the emphasis has shifted, and a new name - "Athos". The plot is, in principle, remained the way was.
on Mount Athos we had three candidates - Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski, Vladimir Vysotsky and Leonid Kuravlev. Three wonderful different actor. Three different film. We stopped at Kuravleva. And do not make a mistake! There Kuravleva a secret. Athos in his performance forgive something that would have never forgiven nor Athos Olbrychski nor Athos Vysotsky. And we wanted. We want the audience at the end of the film does not hate our Athos, and regret.
On the role of Katie casting director Helen Sudakova led the young student of the Shchukin Drama School Eugene Simonov. Eugene liked me, and I approved it without a trial. But then it turned out that it had already signed a contract with another picture. There she had the main role, and all summer she will be filmed somewhere in Bashkiria. Katya began to look for another. We brought a lot of talented young actresses - pretty and nice, but not that. And I realized that no one but Eugene Simonov, in this role, I do not see.
- And what's so special in this Simonova you so hold on to it? - I asked the director of paintings Alexander Efremovich Yablochkin. - What is special about it, I can not explain - I confessed - but the film will be a ray of light in the darkness.
Then he said:
- you will have your Kate.
Indeed. Yablochkin flew in Bashkiria and brought back Zhenyu and her mother in Yaroslavl. (This film we shot in Yaroslavl.) And on the next day of Bashkiria from the director of the group went hysterical, angry telegram! We heard no less hysterical, angry calls from thumbnail from the State Cinema Committee. It turned out that the actress and her mother our director simply kidnapped, almost in the same way as the heroes Gaidai in the film "Prisoner of the Caucasus". It was only left a note: "Do not worry, we will in three days. Your Yablochkin ".
And he told me:
- Blood from the nose, but you have to remove it in three days. Otherwise Tear shooting on the picture!
Yablochkin was seasoned filmmaker and understand that it is impossible, but it is still possible, and that - no way.
And we shot Zhenya day and night, in the literal sense of the word. (Sometimes she managed to get some sleep in the back seat of the car, while the set light or moved from site to site.) And so it was all the time with us on the set.
Darby Kohl played Yevgeny Leonov. In contrast slobs Athos Kohl, we considered a positive figure: it is neat, sensible reasons to be interested in international politics and dreams of universal communicability.
A Leonov his character is not respected, said that Kohl - selfish even worse than Athos. And all the while grumbling that this plasterer he gets flat as a pancake. It is only when taken off the scene 'Koli care home, "he reassured. In this scene, Nick, who has reconciled with his wife, leaving from Mount Athos, leaves him a sheet with your phone. Leonov on rehearsal took from his pocket a piece of paper with the phone, and out on the table accidentally dropped a few coins. He put a coin and a note in his pocket and said:
Again he took a piece of paper from his pocket, out of it spilled the coins again. Again he carefully gathered them and put it in his pocket.
- Got it? - he asked me.
- What's your asshole plasterer! Two weeks spent in humans, drank, ate, and it is a pity to leave three penny!
Eugene was always looking for the negative traits in their characters - considered that this way of bulkier.
The audience loved the bright and naive Katya (not in vain tried!), And even sensible Kohl razgildyaya Athos, but the greatest amount of applause at meetings in cinemas tore alcoholic rascal and scoundrel Fedul finished, which in our film, beautifully played Borislav Brondukov. (Replica Fedulov: "Goni ruble relative" - became the hallmark of the film.)
The costume and makeup Boris was so organic that when, during filming at the restaurant (the restaurant we were shooting at night in Moscow), he went outside to smoke, the doorman would not want to let him back. Brondukov explained that he's an actor, that without him shooting pluck, - Switzerland does not believe it. I said: You've got a lot of these artists! Brondukov insisted. Porter threatened to cause police. And it would have caused, but here on the street looked out my assistant Rita Rasskazova.
- Borislav Nikolaevich, are you here ?! - she was delighted. - And there is a panic: where the actor gone ?!
- Is he really Artist? Wow! - I surprised the doorman.
Dancing agreed to shoot at night, in the hall Krupskaya club in textile workers. I asked to have modern musicians. Led group chief - curled hairy guy. Skinny. Dressed casually, hold on regardless. We asked how much to pay, and said that they will play. It turned out that we are invited to appear most popular and prohibited at the time of the group. The first group was the "Time Machine" Makarevich, and the second - "Araks" Shakhnazarov. Now I'm very proud of that, "Time Machine" debuted in the film "Athos".
The actress made grudiz semolina.
The girl with a bust of Helen Sudakova lead actress Tatiana Rasputin. Very good artist, but with a normal bust. And we wanted to bust was impressive. Some of the crew, who lived nearby, ran home and brought semolina. And it filled the bra. Buttons gravity monkey could not stand and had to tie her bra on the back of the node. (On the screen it shows.) However, the breast so "played" in a transparent blouse, then what critics admired this art piece ...
According to the latest draft of the script in the final Afonya buys in a provincial airport ticket on the first available flight and was lying on the tarmac waiting for the plane. To him comes a policeman and asked to produce documents. Athos puts him a passport. The photograph in the passport of a young boy with curly hair and a carefree smile, but in reality in front of a policeman dull man with a completely empty eyes. In this film ends.
Such grim finale to me from the very beginning did not like.
And we Borodyansky still in the process of working on the director's script was written by a variant in which Athos and Kate met at the end of the movie. But understand - this violates the logic of the narrative ending is trite happy ending. And they left everything as it was.
Yet I rewrote the ending. When Eugene Simonov arrived in Yaroslavl and we started to take it off, Kate receives such a pure, gentle and touching, that I really wanted to be sure she appeared at the end of the film. And we have decided to remove this: Afonya airport lies on the grass and waiting for the plane. Kate approaches him and says, as always: - Athanasius, me, someone called, I thought it was you.
Athos opens his eyes - no Katie not. Above it stands a policeman and requires documents. (He thought Kate.)
On the last day of shooting Eugene - third - we worked very hard filmed in one take, to make two unscheduled "dream." And by the end of the day we arrived at the airport. Katie started shooting approach. First Cut removed rocking - Kate goes slowly, as if floating. Not that! Filmed version - comes with a flower. Not that! Removed: it goes, hair flying, a handkerchief. Not that!
And I realized that it's not how Kate is on the field, with a flower or something else. And the fact that I'd like to have a real Katya.
And for thirty years at the end of the film, when Athos goes to the aircraft, its someone calls out. He looks around and standing there and Katya says:
- Athanasius, me, someone called, I thought it was you!
A smart people have written in reviews that the film would not be as primitive, if not final. The emergence of Katie on the airfield - the banal happy ending ... "
By the way. "In Yaroslavl shot view from the window to the scene" Afonya Katie wakes up in a room. " I had to shoot at five in the morning. (Morning mode - the sun had not yet risen, but already getting light.) As planned there, outside the window, had to return from the wedding couple. But at half past four it revealed that wedding dress forgotten in Moscow. I've wanted to make a scene, but then the operator Sergey Vronsky showed me on a horse, which was dragging a cart with a barrel ...
- Let this will drive the cart, - he said.
They took off the horse.
The first on the frame highlighted the wife of the artist Levan Shengelia Rita. - How did you come up with this amazing, - she said to me after looking at "Mosfilm". - What's for sure!
- What exactly? - I asked cautiously.
- A horse! He makes an offer - and then the horse. That's Kate as this poor horse, will haul cargo disgusting, drunken boorishness and poverty all my life! It is so?
I humbly nodded ... "
- No complaints from the public - the best reward for our work! Goodbye!
- And who are you? - I .. A relative? Further...
- Make yourself at home, but do not forget that at a party!
- That's so, Katyusha ... All production, social stress, self ... no privacy!
- When will you, soup, still have time - and in the fountains to dive and fight dancing ?.
- Something I fell ill ... I'll go lie down, newspapers to read ...
- Drive ruble relative! I Afonya ruble had!
- I do not like such people .. .. punctuality!
- Sit, popem tea, listen to the radio - program for those who do not sleep.
- Well, polkapli, polkapli ... for the smell.