How to shoot a film "Autumn Marathon"
• How to shoot the film "Autumn Marathon"
Since the release of the film on screens took 37 years, but he still has not lost its relevance and is still as popular with viewers, although after the premiere of director Georgy Danelia heard many indignant comments: women are unhappy with the fact that the main character so and I do not make a choice between his wife and mistress, and their spouses called "Autumn marathon" men's film horror. And it was not an exaggeration - almost all of the film group admitted that they themselves are very close and understandable to a situation in which turned out to be the hero Oleg Basilashvili.
The scenario called "Sorrowful Life rogue" has long remained on "Mosfilm" unclaimed - none of the directors did not undertake adaptation unpretentious story of a middle-aged intellectual throwing between his wife and mistress. Written by Alexander Volodin said that the story was autobiographical and based on his personal experience. Perhaps for the same reasons as for the filming took Danelia - later director admitted that at the moment he is very similar events, "details of the personal life, I do not tell. I do not hide that was married three times, and I - in part also Buzykin ". And after the film's release hundreds of men recognized themselves in the main character, and lamented with a woman in this film you will not go!
The main character is actually supposed to play Alexander Kalyagin - just under it, and wrote the script. However Danelia considered that in this way he would look inorganically. actor quest lasted for quite some time - for this role claimed by Stanislav Lyubshin, Nicholas and Leonid Hubenko Kuravlev. Oleg Basilashvili among the main contenders for the director does not even considered. He appeared on the set at the initiative of assistant director Elena Sudakova, while it is not even no one warned that invited him to audition.
Danelia was in an awkward situation - he had to pretend that the actor is really waiting for. However, the final decision he took only after Basilashvili drove home and saw him hesitantly marking at a crossroads, not daring to cross the road. As it turned out later, it was part of the plan: the assistant director asked the actor to stay longer in the image of the main character, to Danelia was convinced that before him - a real Buzykin.
But the actress for the role of mistress found immediately - Danelia long wanted to work with Marina Neelova and in this way have only seen her. While on the set at first it was difficult to find a common language - it turned out that the actress herself has gone through a similar situation and tried in every way to justify the character, to make the image more profound and dramatic cause the audience sympathy for her. The director has a slightly different interpretation of this image, but it has made concessions and agreed Neelova.
As the main character in the film, the director on the set was caught between two fires: who plays his wife Natalia Buzykina Gundareva too saw the image in its own way and has become a serious competitor in the fight for Neelova viewer's sympathy. The actress, who visited and in life as a betrayed wife, doing as many comments during the filming that the director had to gently remind her of who directs the film-making process: "If you want to try directing bread, I'll give you such an opportunity in our association." Although perhaps it is thanks to two brilliant actresses who played leading roles, the film turned out and so deep and ambiguous: in this triangle is not guilty, were all only hostages of the situation.
It is not easy, and the director had with another actor - the role Buzykina colleague, Barbara interpreter approved Galina Volchek, who was herself a director and director of the theater "Contemporary". Nevertheless, their consent to participate in the filming she gave, although it remained very unhappy with the result: it seemed to her that her character out so obnoxious and unpleasant that it simply could not be displayed.
But by working with Yevgeny Leonov Danelia was a pleasure - it was one of his favorite actors, which he shot in virtually every his film. At first, he was offered the role of the heroine Neelova neighbor who constantly expressed my sympathy, but then decided that the role of a charming drinkers Basil Ignatievitch actor will look much more impressive. The calculation was correct: the phrases character Leonov immediately went on the quote: "Tostuemy drink to the bottom!", "Good sit", "come to the company and will leave the company", "Pavlovich, insult ...".
The role of the Danish Professor Hansen played the West German journalist Norbert Kuchinke. On the set, he came by accident - because he was familiar with a second director. However, to get a foreigner in the cast had to work around a lot of instances - by the foreign department of the State Cinema Committee to the KGB.
The director was very pleased with the result, although a year premiere did not enjoy such an incredible success, which it had expected a few years later. Danelia said he made three films in the "five" - "Walking the Streets of Moscow", "Do not Cry" and "Autumn Marathon". "If you had to remove the" Autumn Marathon "over again, I would have left everything as it is and nothing altered," - says the director.