A film with a conscience. As Tatyana Lioznova has removed the “Carnival”
The famous film “Carnival” by Tatiana Lioznova turns 35. Aify remembers how he filmed musical Comedy that was shared at the Director and main character, as well as how bright the scene was cut from the film during installation.
Film7.6Карнавал1981 / USSR / 2 h 31 min comedianthis
In the early eighties, no one suspected that the “Carnival” Tatyana Lioznova will be one of the most famous Soviet films. Musical Comedy from the Director of “Seventeen moments of spring” — it sounded at least strange. However, the film has collected at screens of more than 31 million viewers, and actress Irina Muravyova, in the opinion of the readers of the magazine “Soviet screen”, was the best actress of 1982.
Great actors, recognizable, everyday situations and human drama — thats the main secrets of success of a lyrical Comedy, which today gladly review the audience. AIPPI collected memories about the filming of “Carnival”.
“I did a film about me”
Once Tatyana Lioznova came across the story of Anna Rodionova about a provincial girl who came to Moscow to enroll in drama school, but failed the exams… the Plot is simple, but he immediately “hooked” Director, because the story of Nina Solomatina was very similar to the Lioznova.
Muscovite Lioznova always wanted to be a Director, but after graduating from VGIK, was dismissed from the “Mosfilm” Studio “in connection with staff reduction”. For several years she could not find a job and to somehow make ends meet, as the heroine of the story, worked as a cleaner, made costumes and performed other, it is not associated with the received profession, the work….
“Carnival is very close to me — told Lioznova. — I made a film about himself, about his life, in which I had to make a wild effort, overcoming poverty, unemployment, loneliness, many difficulties that young people carry now.” In the course of working on the script, she even added a few autobiographical touches. One of them is a sick mother Nina Solomatina (for many years Director at the first opportunity tried to visit a sick mother, or to call her).
Restless provincial Nina Solomatin, who came to the capital “to become actress”, brilliantly played by Irina Muravyova.
Today it is difficult to imagine another actress in this role, even though more than half never for a moment doubted that Nina should do it Irina. The Director did not even embarrassed by the fact that yesterday’s schoolgirl will play an actress who is over 30 years old: “Everyone knew that to play the young girl for Muravyova is not difficult — remember Lioznova. — It was just a matter of acting techniques: it’s not the last she played heroines younger than yourself.”
His confidence the Director has infected the arts Council of the Gorky film Studio, so the candidate Muravyova, who had already played in the famous movie “Moscow does not believe in tears”, no one raises questions.
Freckles, two tails and a bright rim helped Muravyova to get used to the way a naive provincial girl. However, the actress says that he and the heroine are very different: “In life, I do not like Nina. I’m a native Muscovite, is absolutely the girl home. Well studied, and the capital to conquer not sought. Moreover, in life, anywhere out of the house never left. I’ve never wanted to achieve something. I’m not a leader but rather a follower”.
Specifically for the role in the musical film Muravyova lost weight, learned to roller-skate and practiced performance of several vocal parts. But, unfortunately, she never managed to sing “the Carnival”. Lioznova was not challenged by the musical talent of the actress, but I wanted to hear in his film only to professional musicians. As a result, the voice Muravyova was a “major voice over the singer of the Soviet Union” Jeanne Christmas.
Interestingly, the fate of the Soviet smash hit “call me, Call me” might have turned out quite differently. Film composer Maxim Dunayevsky told that songs on poems by Robert Rozhdestvensky wanted to do even Alla Pugacheva.
— A very good song once said, the prima Donna of the Trombone. — I would love to sing. Well you told me it was not offered?
— Alla Borisovna, but I didn’t know you could sing behind the scenes….
— Why? This song would be sang.
The other ending
Not only Muraviev was in “Carnival” without painful shots. Alexander Abdulov (Nikita, Nina’s lover), Yuri Yakovlev (Mikhail Solomatin, Nina’s father), Clara Luchko (Josephine V., wife of Mikhail Solomatin) has worked with Lioznova and gladly agreed to meet again with the Director on a film set.
It was more difficult with the supporting characters, but there were no large castings. On the bright role of the Gypsy Karma first auditioned Catherine Pearl, she was approved. And the role of the harsh spouse of Karma and even gave her present husband, George Pearl.
“You are the conscience of this film!” — said more than half of the performer of the role of Karma. However, the most striking episode involving Gypsy were cut from the film. It turns out that originally the ending of the movie was planned much sadder: the heroine Muravyova, leaving home, was met at the station Karma and learns that the child died. This piece even shot at the Kursk station, but during the installation found it “too gloomy” and sent to the trash.
The final film was left open. “Carnival” ends with a scene in which Nina appears to be a famous singer, acting with full hall. It is unclear whether she once again presents herself to the one whom she had failed to become, or returned to Moscow and became a famous artist. However, in one of his last interviews the Director of “Carnival” had revealed the plan: Lioznova said that the dream of Nina fulfilled.