“Bambarbiya! Kirgudu!”: “The Caucasian prisoner” — 50 years

“Bambarbiya! Kirgudu!”: “The Caucasian prisoner” — 50 years

TASS talks about the most interesting facts about the Comedy by Leonid Gaidai.

Film8.6 Caucasian captive or the New adventures Шурика1966 / USSR / 1 h 22 min melodramatize…

Half a century ago, on 1 April 1967, the premiere of a Comedy by Leonid Gaidai “the Caucasian captive, or Shurik’s New adventures”. On 3 April, the film was released in wide release firmly taking its place among the best comedies of all time.

The success of the film was resounding, she immediately went on quotes. Despite its venerable age, the story is about the adventures of a young ethnographer in one of the mountainous areas is still loved by millions of viewers. Together with the staff of the archives of the cinema concern “Mosfilm” we gathered some interesting facts about “the Caucasian captive”.

Too frivolous Comedy

In the new year the picture has become a favorite of the rental: it was seen by over 76 million viewers, but could never be to lay on the “shelf”. Censorship didn’t like frivolous jokes and songs.

But then intervened in the case. In Soviet times there was a tradition of sending films to the country’s leadership to conduct cultural activities. So Comedy has got to Leonid Brezhnev and pleased to him. He praised the picture, which decided her fate.

The authorization certificate for the film been issued by the Committee for cinematography on 14 January 1967. And, as time has shown, the Secretary General was not mistaken: “prisoner of the Caucasus” took fourth place in the USSR on fees.

And could be continued…

In accordance with the original application filed on “Mosfilm” in June 1965, a new film script called “Shura in the mountains” and consisted of two novellas: the first (“the Caucasian captive”) was about a student, Nina, who came to his relatives in the Caucasus and abducted the local chief.

The second part, “Snow man and others” talked about a scientific expedition led by renowned Professor (played by Michael Pugovkin), looking for Bigfoot. Scientists find traces of it, but it turns out that they left the famous trio: Coward, fool and Experienced. But in the end as the script was approved, only the first story.

The student, a Komsomol member… belly dancer!

Find for shooting a student, a Komsomol member, a sportswoman and just beautiful was not a simple task. The role auditioned such stars of Soviet cinema, as Larisa Golubkina, Natalia Kustinskaya, Natalia Selezneva, Marianne Vertinskaya and others.

However, the Embassy has chosen anyone at the moment is not known circus artist with one film role on his shoulders (the movie “Formula Radugi”) is a 19-year-old Natalya Varley. And it is not wrong!

Hope + Ludmilla = Nina

By the way, the voices of Natalya Varley audience have not heard. Voiced Nina Nadezhda Rumyantseva (the same “gas station Queen” Lyudmila Dobryyvecher), and a song about bears was performed by Aida Vedischeva. She, by the way, later played the song “Volcano of passion” in “the Diamond arm” by Leonid Gaidai.

Seasoned and his team

“Prisoner of the Caucasus” was the last film where there is the famous trio — Coward, Bobby and Experienced. It is believed that the trio broke up due to disagreements between the George by Vicinum, Yuri Nikulin and Yevgeny Morgunov.

But, according to the documents of course, at the stage of writing of the literary script from screenwriting-editorial Board received comments saying that the Trinity begins to pall. So the reason why broke up this creative Union that transcends the folklore, was at least not alone.