How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"

8-03-2018, 08:00

How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"

40 years have passed since the filming of the fairy tale by Mark Zakharov, most of the actors, unfortunately, are no longer alive, but this touching story is still relevant and many modern viewers make you believe that miracles sometimes happen. Although during the shooting there were quite a few not fabulous incidents that could lead to dramatic consequences.

How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"

Oleg Yankovsky as the Wizard
When the director began to shoot, he already knew who should play the main roles. In the image of the Wizard, Mark Zakharov saw only Oleg Yankovsky. And his candidacy, and Yevgeny Leonov for the role of King, the leadership of Mosfilm immediately approved. But when the shooting began, Jankowski suffered a heart attack and the actor was in intensive care. He offered the director to take another actor instead, but Zakharov decided to suspend the shooting and wait for Yankovsky to leave the hospital.And for the actor, this decision became fateful - he later said that it was thanks to the work with Zakharov in the “Ordinary Miracle” that Munchausen and other significant roles later played for him.

How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"

Alexander Abdulov in the film * The Ordinary Miracle *, 1978
But the candidacy of Alexander Abdulov at the artistic council caused doubts - at that time he was an aspiring actor and had not yet earned national recognition. The competition was very serious - among the applicants were Evgeny Gerasimov, Valery Shalny, Igor Kostolevsky. The latter was indeed often given the roles for which Abdulov had been tested. Therefore, when Zakharov invited him to participate in screen tests, the actor answered: “With pleasure. Because I always try, but Kostolevsky is still removed. ” But Mark Zakharov managed to defend his candidacy and approve for the main role.

How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"

Abdulov was proud of this work and considered himself obliged to Mark Zakharov. “To get to me, a boy, in such a company, in which Leonov, Yankovsky, Solomin, Kupchenko, Mironov, Simonova were — a wild number of amazing actors — it was very expensive! And the fact that I did not drown in this stream is their merit. They must have regretted me simply.And you could “pull the blanket apart” in different directions, and I would be at the bottom. But this team helped me, and something came out of me ... This is such a separate cinema that Mark Zakharov invented, ”said the actor.

How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"

Photo tests by Evgeny Gerasimov and Evgeny Menshov for the role of the Bear
During the filming, Abdulov refused to help doubles and performed many dangerous stunts on his own. Once it almost turned into a tragedy. The actor said: “Remember, there is such an episode in the film: my hero flies at full speed under the stone arch, clings to it with his hands and pulls up. Remove the first double. I did it all at once, except for one significant point. I let the horse fly at full speed, grabbed the arch ledge and ... did not think that it would be good to pull the legs out of the stirrups. The people on the ground breathed and gasped in unison. The horse at a decent speed dragged me, hopelessly stuck in stirrups, dragged several tens of meters. After this incident, everyone was sure that now I’m going to ask for an understudy. But not on the attack - I did the trick! Then I came across more than once “horse” scenes and worked again without an understudy. ”

How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"

Evgeniya Simonov in the film * The Ordinary Miracle *, 1978
Several actresses also took part in the role of the Princess, among whom were Vera Glagoleva, Marina Yakovleva, Larisa Udovichenko, Evgenia Glushenko. The director Evgenia Simonova doubted, but all doubts were dispelled when he saw the actress on the set. However, once shooting because of it still had to be suspended - the actress did not organically endure a weapon and could not shoot a pistol. After much persuasion, she still pulled the trigger, but at the same time squeezed her eyes, as seen in the frame. Evgenia Simonova brilliantly coped with her role, unaware that it would play a cruel joke with her: after this film, all the directors saw her exclusively in this role and did not offer diverse roles.

How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"

After a heart attack, Yevgeny Leonov was also filmed, without which the director also did not represent this film. Often he improvised on the stage and offered his versions of certain scenes. Most often, Zakharov listened to his advice, but once did it his own way and turned out to be right. Leonov advised him to cut out the episode in which the King was waving his hand, greeting the people as members of the Politburo did on the Mausoleum podium.However, it was in this scene that the censorship of sedition did not see.

How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"How to shoot the film "Ordinary Miracle"

Yury Solomin and Ekaterina Vasilyeva in the film * The Ordinary Miracle *, 1978
But doubts caused many other episodes. So, the censorship did not want to miss a song about a little sparrow and a butterfly, which is “byak biak-biak-biak-biak”. They were suspected of sexual overtones - they say, why else does the sparrow pursue the butterfly, probably with obscene intentions. The song was left only because Zakharov managed to convince the censors in the "gastronomic" sense of butterfly persecution. An important role was played by the fact that it was played by the famous Andrei Mironov, who was even loved by the censors. But the phrase “Ages our kinglet” had to be cut out because of too obvious associations with aging Brezhnev.

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