What to look from the Soviet period at? Evgeny Tatarsky`s detective stories
Literally the other day in mass media news that “our everything“ Fedya Bondarchuk undertook restoration of a film studio “Lenfilm“ flew. The nice, by the way, studio which in due time presented us and the audience of the capitalist countries such masterpieces as “Chapayev“, “A heavenly slow mover“, “the Republic of ShKID“, “The white sun of the desert“, “Sherlock Holmes and doctor Watson“ and “Features of national hunting“.
But not about these in different degree remarkable movies the speech, and about some works of the famous Petersburg director Evgeny Tatarskogo who decorated with the talent already eminent “Lenfilm“ will go now.
You will be surprised, but future master of a criminal genre is obliged by the thesis to “Deniskiny stories“ of Victor Dragunsky. No, it not well-known “Have you ever seen anything like it, where it slykhano“, and really almost detective story under the name “The fire in a wing“ . The short film, most likely, suited the commission. And to Tatarsky turned on the green light.
Its first noticeable movie became well-known “Gold mine“ - the two-part Soviet fighter how the malicious recidivist running from prison tries to dig out secretly with own hand dug treasure with stolen. And here we for the first time faces company handwriting of Tatarsky which skillfully untwists a detective story with a great number of the characters anyway connected with each other. As usual, the tape was created “by request of the ministry“, therefore, was extremely politically correct and correct to the core. What did not prevent the “Gold mine“ debuting on the Soviet TV on June 24, 1978 to become a season telehit.
At the time of shootings of a picture Tatarsky was 39 years old, he came to cinema rather late. Perhaps, therefore he entrusted a leading role not to the age-mate Evgeny Kindinov, but the venerable actor Mikhail Gluzsky. What is very characteristic of the majority of works of the director where the leading detective - grown wise experience and knowledge of human nature the veteran. However, Gluzsky, though leads business, nevertheless in an action takes the place minor. Broad-shouldered and tall Kindinov, in typically Soviet solid prikid, externally is not similar to the superhero, but surely copes both with routine of investigation, and with rare, but well-aimed scenes of action.
What is interesting, the villain in “A gold mine“ charged to Oleg Dahl, the actor with extraordinary charisma and charm. Dahl, as usual, in any image was perfect and unique, whether it be the lovely little fool Ivanushka, the ninny - the lover in gaydayevsky “Cannot be“ or a criminal with a cold, penetrating glance in “A gold mine“. By the way, the performer and the director quickly found a common language and pleased us with collaboration soon - intellectually - a refined and charming retro - the detective of “Prince Florizel`s adventure“ where Dahl already played absolutely other and undoubtedly one of the best roles.
In 1981, after short-term return to a children`s genre (tape “Lyalka Ruslan and His Friend Sanka“) Tatarsky comes back to favourite subject again, however this time the order of the ministry demanded return to sources. Therefore the movie “Without the visible reasons“ tells about events bygone, but even memorable days of civil war when gallant Red Army men “treated“ fatherland for a belogvardeyshchina. By itself, red begin and win, and in this plan of an intrigue zero, but again Tatarsky and his screenwriter Sergey Alexandrov (“A farewell tour of “Actor“) dashingly twist a plot, each five minutes changing rules of the game.
The leading roles are divided between authoritative Ernst Romanov and the director`s age-mate - the actor Lev Prygunov. Kindinov here too was lit, but already as the negative character as, by the way, and in “Florizel“.
“Without the visible reasons“ left on a wave of interest in scope of civil war, exactly after a loud premiere of the two first parts of long-playing film series “Frontier“. In our case the action takes place in 1921, in the small town where besides standard entertainments like theater of amateur performance there is a prison of a high security for “white office“. Her chief Kamchatov (Romanov) is forced to cope with constantly growing contingent moreover in process of forces to beat off a gang of a Cossack captain of Meshcheryakov making attacks from the wood. And here the telegram reporting about emergence in the city of the experienced counterspy Ovchinnikov still as ill luck would have it comes.
The movie turned out short, but spectacular. Especially fans of a genre will be pleased by rollicking used “theory of plot“ when nearly each character plays “fantomas“. One of the first roles of future naval cadet Shevelkov will be lightning, but bright whereas Mikhail Kononov already managed to be fallen in love to the audience in “Big change“, and the beauty Irina Alferova - in the Soviet screen version of “Three musketeers“. Yes, persons all acquaintances. To take the same Igor Dmitriyev who again after “A gold mine“ where he played the dishonest plastic surgeon, appears in the small, but memorable role of the theatrical director.
After this in Tatarsky`s work the three-year break then it publishes on a domestic TV screen the three-serial detective story “Charlotte`s Necklace“ based on Anatoly Romov`s novel “Customs inspection“ follows. Despite easily recognizable manner and style, this work, it is possible to tell safely, is one of the weakest and not spectacular in the director`s filmography. Perhaps because for the screen version it was chosen not absolutely (more precisely, at all not) a dynamic plot, or perhaps Tatarsky was tired to work orders and worked without special enthusiasm.
From security officers and criminal investigation department the author it is expected passed to the top step: history of opposition of KGB and imperceptible speculators is the cornerstone of a plot of “Charlotte`s Necklace“ - the black marketeers trying by hook or by crook it is favorable to foreign collectors to realize a rare jewelry. As always, the difficult chain of frauds, murders and offenses is investigated by two - the venerable colonel Seryogin (Kirill Lavrov) and his young protege Anton Pavlov (Vadim Ledogorov). The duet turned out quite interesting - the meticulous, betrayed to business and fatherland veteran of investigation and the inexperienced, but hot trainee. And if Lavrov at that time was already one of the most famous actors of the USSR, then Vadim (by the way, Igor Ledogorov`s son) managed to be lit only in series “People and Dolphins“, and also in the fantastic movie “Through Thorns to Stars“. In both cases it worked together with the father.
“Charlotte`s necklace“, despite an interesting idea, suffers from congestion from details and too scrupulous transfer on the screen. Actually, the third series - superfluous. Having squeezed a picture to a habitual two-part format, authors would gain in dynamics, but, probably, the task stood not to shoot the fascinating thriller, and to dig on “rotten“ Wednesday of the criminals who are taking away antiques more deeply.
After relative success of the amusing comedy “Jack Vosmerkin is the American“ Tatarsky, as well as most of talented directors, in the ninetieth “was lost“ on change of eras. And if in “An innocence presumption“ with Polishchuk and Kuravlev handwriting was still guessed, then “loss of the general line“ affected the subsequent works strongly. Up to the end of the ninetieth Tatarsky toiled with unclear projects until masters invited to participate in development of a TV series of “The street of the broken lamps“ . And since then Evgeny Markovic was active on television already Russian where its irreplaceable experience very was useful in such popular criminal statements as “Destructive power“ and “Niro Woolf and Archie Goodwin“.