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It is beautiful not to tell lies - a story not to tell? From life of Lenfilm. The preface of

Was it davny - long ago, in other country, in the city of Leningrad when, except disputes in kitchens on destinies of the USSR and beauty of America, also stories “about strangenesses of life“ under good snack were very distributed and “with what to wash down it“. If who did not understand - I about table-talks. Often on such conversations people which in other circumstances and in other country and to meet met - that could not... is shorter than

, on such feast where it happened to be present as younger generation and me, for a feast at the father`s acquaintance other her acquaintances brought the acquaintance, to neither us, nor the mistress not of the acquaintance earlier at all.

And already after hot, but before a dessert, this acquaintance began to tell stories from the life. I listened, having opened a mouth. It was obviously “dashing persecution“, but everything left is logically connected and is not inconsistent. He, according to him, worked at Lenfilm as the production manager and was the director of many very famous movies, communicated with a lot of the most famous film actors, and his stories - it was something! I already waited for the next meeting...

We met very seldom, probably, even not every year, but each such meeting meant a new portion of stories from life of the Leningrad cinema. Then circumstances changed, but he managed to present to the father the book (signed “from the author“). It appeared, it, Yury Dzhorogov (I only thanks to the presented book learned, what surname at it), really worked at Lenfilm, really there was on a position “production manager“. And, it seems, told nearly one gospel-truth - about the features of the movies shot with his participation which are not seen to the viewer.

Only when writing this article I learned that we ceased to meet not only from - for the fact that circumstances were changed. He, appears shortly after presented us the book - just died. Died and is buried on one of city cemeteries...

And he participated, neither more nor less... In shooting of many famous and unknown movies. Among them and “The serf actress“, and “The person - an amphibian“, was he one of directors of the film epic “Release“... And to many other movies it, appears, was involved.

In work of cinema, in creation of the movie, except creative part (actors, directors, screenwriters, composers...) in number considerably the big group of people - assistants, make-up artists, costumiers and just working studios also participates. And above all administrative group (and even, partly, over creative group) there is a production manager, the chief manager. In its competence all scenery, arrival of actors on shootings, rooms in hotels during business trips, safety of scenery and suits, it has to watch that the director was not beyond the budget of a picture, but at the same time to try not to press on the creative person.

Construction of scenery (that quickly that did not plunder money that did not plunder materials that the director was happy), animals in a shot (that the dog, either a cow, or an elephant - behaved in a full consent with the director`s ideas, but at the same time that nobody was bitten, did not butt, did not trample), clothes for shootings - in time, by the sizes of actor`s group... And all this is within the estimate of the movie.

To wake in time the necessary actor that he did not oversleep shooting. And sometimes - not to allow it to get drunk in the evening that since morning he was able to play...

To buy tickets and to book a hotel accommodation for the nonresident actor (we will not forget - all this in Soviet period was, not so - that just was both tickets to buy, and to punch a hotel accommodation)...

Yes you never know still, and - the most unexpected! Here at least in the movie “Lark“ there was an episode when the tank T - 34 drives, beating out a gun a huge window, in the German pothouse. Frequenters ran up, and one of the main characters greedy drains a big glass of beer! It is easy and pleasant to remove, huh? Especially - during a summer heat.

And imagine this actor on the fifth - a pole - the seventh double?! And imagine the production manager to whom introduction suddenly arrived: to find, buy and deliver the beer canister to the place of shootings (that was enough for all doubles and for later...) ?! Besides that shootings of an episode happened in places where beer - deficiency (the Soviet time)!

And imagine a condition of the production manager - when after all this bustle the episode was not included into the movie, so everything was in vain?!

And how many still such “in vain“ occurs by production of each picture! But about it is later...