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"Poisoning in Salisbury": how not to make films about spies

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The film came out as sour as the faces of the actors on the poster.


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The three-hour, three-part pseudo-documentary film “The Salberi Poisoning” from the BBC promised us to finally reveal all the secrets of the attempt on the Skripals. But, as it turned out, the British showed only the life of ordinary residents of the town during the "unprecedented chemical attack", as the film says.

Western documentary, with rare exceptions, is hard enough for ordinary Russians to perceive. First, the strange style of storytelling, fixated on the endless repetition of individual theses. It seems that at school, foreigners were not taught to quickly perceive information, and the director has to constantly chew on scientific and historical facts. Secondly, the emotional overload of the content: half of the content of most films can be safely cut. It cannot be said that domestic documentaries are close to ideal, but at least the facts and events in them are “packed” much denser. During the filming of the film, the British from the Air Force managed to get away from numerous interviews with eyewitnesses of the events, otherwise it would hardly have been possible for anyone to watch this “panopticon” to the end. “Salisbury Poisoning” was created on the basis of eyewitness accounts, whose roles are played by good British actors. Actually, the acting is the only virtue of the series.


Still from the film. Source: lenta.ru

In order to fill a three-hour movie about the Skipal poisoning with content, it was necessary to frankly play for time, and the British did it well. Constant lyrical digressions, straightforwardly showing the importance of family relations, crying children, crying adults ... In the best traditions of Western cinema, the "Poisoning" brings together the inertia of the British bureaucracy and outbreaks of civil protest. At the same time, in fairness, it would be worthwhile to devote the audience to the intricacies of Sergei Skripal's career. For example, about 20 thousand top secret documents that he "leaked" MI-6 and which cost the British taxpayers only 100 thousand dollars. Or that the domestic special services still put him on a par with the traitor Penkovsky in terms of the scale of damage. It would be useful for the audience to remind the way of recruiting Skipal by the British special services. True, this would raise the film's age rating. Instead, the traitor appears in “Poisoning” as a person capable of friendships. At least, so says his neighbor. If I don’t know his biography, I would like to sympathize with the violin.

In the film, the British create an atmosphere of universal catastrophe. A chemical attack fell on the city. Of course, this story shook up the residents of Salisbury, but now the movie about it looks naive, to say the least. No luck to the authors of the series - the world at the time of the premiere was flooded with a much larger pandemic disaster. The corpses were recently taken out of Bergamo by military trucks, and in Poisoning they are trying to escalate the atmosphere with a walking British army in the city. Too small turned suspense, to be honest. Life outside the window shows a much darker picture than the experiences of the "poisoned" English. The series will be interesting, perhaps, only to the residents of Salisbury itself.

"Putin will get me"


A few questions for the screenwriters of the series. Why do we need to know how medic Tracey Dashkevich creates a WhatsApp group for Skripal's neighbors? Or why should the viewer know that the wife of police officer Nick Bailey, who suffered from nerve poison, is a very caring cat lady? It seems that the authors simply did not have enough factual material to simply and clearly explain the situation with the Skripals. But on the blow out of tears and righteous anger against the "beast from the east" there were enough resources and directorial cliches. At the same time, the "Russian trace" in the series is seen very pale. At first, everyone begins to guess when Skripal's past emerges, then the chemists from Porton Down confirm the guesses. The military technopark, located near Salisbury, makes it possible to quickly and accurately identify the notorious "Novichok" in the toxin. It is noteworthy that no one in the entire film ever suggested that this whole story could be a simple provocation. No one. All at once pointed a finger at Russia. The point in the cause of Skripal's poisoning was set by the spy’s neighbor, a former submariner, who unequivocally states at the interrogation: “Putin will get me.” So the former intelligence officer opened up with his friend the day before the assassination attempt. Naturally, the video sequence is accompanied by funeral music with the subtext “everything is gone”. But Skripal’s neighbor is not finished yet. In his testimony, taken from his home, he mentions a woman and a man who allegedly followed the spy and his daughter on the way from the airport to Salisbury. As the publicist Yevgeny Belash rightly said, what about our "tourists" Petrov and Bashirov? The British did not read their own version of events?


Nick Bailey is holding on to his last strength. Still from the film.

In addition to many questions, the film is not devoid of a number of frank blunders. One of the first to appear is Skripal himself in a military uniform of a Russian officer in a photo in a frame at home. Indeed, it’s time for a traitor who has served five years in Russia to nostalgic about his past in a hated country! And another funny story with policeman Nick Bailey, who managed to grab a dose of poison in the Skripals' house. So here he is, a native Briton - attention! - Pours milk into a cup first, and then tea! It hurts the eyes even of a Russian, not to mention the British. The aforementioned Belash attributes everything to the scriptwriters' mistakes, but perhaps this behavior is just a consequence of the poisoning. Bailey could not think soberly then. If so, then there is a subtle professional scenario with a claim to a film award, we pay tribute. Bailey, by the way, will die in the film in two episodes in a row, simultaneously tearing away the nerves of his loved ones, wearying the viewer, and eventually resurrecting.

The most important line of the epic about the unfortunate Skripals and the inhabitants of Salisbury was the local chief of health, Tracey Dashkevich. She plays the role of the real and only guardian angel of British citizens in the film. Everyone else, it seems, does not care about their fate. But Dashkevich is going too far. First, she is scared by the chemist Porton Down, who is so demonized by Novice that Tracy is ready to quarantine half a city. Then it turns out that the wastewater can be contaminated. If the dose of the conditional "Novice" was not enough to kill the Skripals, then does Dashkevich seriously believe that the remnants will destroy the inhabitants of Salisbury? Now, fragments of the coronavirus gene material are also found in the wastewater of European capitals, but no one is sounding the alarm. In general, the Air Force simply once again copied a common Western cliche that the lives of citizens for the country are the most important. But even here, all of Dashkevich’s efforts were in vain: after a few months, the remnants of the poison still kill one of Salisbury’s residents. The director diligently for three episodes deduced for the audience the ambiguity of the personality of this unfortunate alcoholic. Her love, aspirations, relationships and touching feelings for her daughter. However, it turned out cheaply.

The muddy and boring three-hour film, however, diluted one notable episode. Chemists from Porton Down took samples from Skripal’s apartment and found 15 traces of neuroparalytic poison: dishes, switches, and so on. But Dashkevich half a series puzzled over the source of infection. And then the local constables are watching the video from the first inspection of the apartment (where policeman Bailey caught the poison), while skipping the footage in the opposite direction. As it turned out, during the examination, Bailey felt almost all objects with traces of poison. But the first place his hand touched was the doorknob. Bingo! Now the whole door is packed in a bag and straight to Porton Down. Judging by the script, this episode also confirms Russia's guilt.


Source: profil.ru

The Salisbury Poisoning certainly deserves a place in the sun. This is an example of strictly one-sided lighting of a very resonant event. Something like making a historical film about the attack on Pearl Harbor, telling the story of a local fisherman, who was scared away by the Japanese. For more than two years, the British have been feeding the whole world with Russia's guilt in this incident, but they have not provided direct evidence. Indirect only. The authors of the series did not want to create a first-class spy thriller in which it was possible to describe several versions of events at once. It turned out to be a sterile drama on duty with a loud title. Not recommended for viewing.
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  1. Lebed
    Lebed 20 July 2020 10: 04 New
    16
    The main thing is that the western man would like it. And no one will look at quality.
    1. svp67
      svp67 20 July 2020 10: 11 New
      +6
      Quote: Lebed
      The main thing is that the western man would like it. And no one will look at quality.

      I will not be surprised if soon this "film" will receive any prize at a "prestigious" film festival ...
    2. Finches
      Finches 20 July 2020 10: 15 New
      11
      The Anglo-Saxons did not finish the "blockbuster" - the poisoners had to be in earflaps and quilted jackets. A traitor, that is, a hero, being under a dropper, must constantly kiss the American flag ... A scene is needed - where Putin, in the Kremlin, plays darts, but instead of a target he has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth (the target is holding Lavrov in outstretched arms, a little nervous, and Shoigu gives darts in all regalia, but for some reason in a turban and with a peacock feather on his head)! And every time a dart hits her in the eye, VVP laughs ominously ... By the way, Wesley Snipes was supposed to play Skripal - then Russia could still be attributed to outrageous racism! laughing
      1. Whiteidol
        Whiteidol 20 July 2020 22: 05 New
        +4
        And at the crime scene, the damned Anglo-Saxons had to find an empty can of black caviar, a box of empty bottles of vodka and a balalaika ...
    3. BMP-2
      BMP-2 20 July 2020 10: 51 New
      +2
      The result is usually determined not by the quality of the lie, but by its quantity ...
    4. vkl.47
      vkl.47 20 July 2020 14: 04 New
      +1
      UNEXPECTED HIMOTAKA! How much it is said. And only the cat was killed. And the bum got in the garbage with odicalon. All. Well, and squeaks on a bullet in the back of the head from mi-6.happy end.
  2. Pereira
    Pereira 20 July 2020 10: 07 New
    +8
    The main thing is that the movie has a happy ending. No one died of poison. The only death was natural - alcoholism.
    And the fact that Bailey turned out to be a carrier of the poison is a very interesting plot move. Is he arrested at the end of the film or not?
  3. antivirus
    antivirus 20 July 2020 10: 15 New
    +3
    But the first place his hand touched was the doorknob. Bingo! Now pack the whole door in a bag and go straight to Porton Down. Judging by the script, this episode also confirms Russia's guilt.


    -correctly in our series cops open doors that are not locked with a barrel, not with their hands
  4. Poetry
    Poetry 20 July 2020 10: 17 New
    +3
    Canteens will open everywhere,
    These will be everywhere, stocky and narrow-minded.
    Savages will break all traditions, and this and that,
    The old queen will be sent to Vorkuta as a stage.

    Pound sterling abolished. Will go to rubles,
    Drink Crimean wines, no fuck Chablis! ..
    They will find all those who have been safely hidden,
    They will come to your heart's content, yakut with a Buryat.
  5. tank_kv1
    tank_kv1 20 July 2020 10: 35 New
    +6
    I recalled the topic:
    Highway tanks are flying, rollers rustling on the asphalt,
    and mugged political instructors rob Swiss banks,
    and with chalk on the walls of the Reichstag is scratched by the chief elder:
    "We need Paris and The Hague, and we need Africa too!"

    The main thing is not to think about why it was produced by the Russians, and even in the year of the presidential election, what benefits would it bring?
  6. Rusland
    Rusland 20 July 2020 10: 35 New
    +6
    If only the TV does not appear this way in the evening, but on New Year's Eve. smile
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 20 July 2020 10: 42 New
      +6
      Gyy))). With our Ministry of Culture and not such miracles can happen wassat
  7. Tatyana Pershina
    Tatyana Pershina 20 July 2020 10: 41 New
    +4
    "So here he is, a native Briton - attention! - first pours milk into a cup, and then tea! It hurts the eyes even of a Russian, not to mention the British."
    It really is in English - tea in milk. Try it - the taste is different.
    1. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 20 July 2020 17: 17 New
      +1
      Quote: Tatiana Pershina
      It really is in English - tea in milk. Try it - the taste is different.

      EMNIP, they have two parties there teapists... One calls for first pouring milk and then tea. Another objected that you first need to pour the tea, and then the milk. In general, blunt-points and pointed-points in all their glory. smile
      1. Tatyana Pershina
        Tatyana Pershina 21 July 2020 05: 15 New
        0
        "... blunt points and pointed points ..."
        Give me a link to Swift and his "Gulliver" right away. It’s so important - which side to break the egg - blunt or sharp! There are so many such "fundamental" questions in the world and in everyday life!
  8. Sinner
    Sinner 20 July 2020 11: 49 New
    +3
    The British pour milk into a cup first, then tea. This tradition has been going on since the time when porcelain manufacturing techniques were not perfect and porcelain cups cracked when hot tea was poured into them. So they began to pour milk first ...
    1. Doctor
      Doctor 20 July 2020 12: 34 New
      0
      So here he is, a native Briton - attention! - pours milk into a cup first, and then tea! It hurts the eyes even of a Russian, not to mention the British.


      It really is in English - tea in milk. Try it - the taste is different.

      The British pour milk into a cup first, then tea. This tradition has been going on since the time when porcelain manufacturing techniques were not perfect and porcelain cups cracked when hot tea was poured into them. So they began to pour milk first ...


      Yes, it is not easy to write about spies, commentators will catch every little thing !!! laughing wassat bully

      1. Tatyana Pershina
        Tatyana Pershina 21 July 2020 05: 26 New
        0
        "Yes, it is not easy to write about spies, commentators will pick out every little thing !!!"
        Wow - a trifle! I once rested in Feodosia (80s). Met two girls almost the same age. Where from? From Moscow. We walk through the city and they are constantly "carried" to the middle of the roadway. Then I asked which town near Moscow they were from. We were surprised how I found out that it was not from Moscow. It's simple - a resident of a big city "on the machine", if there is no sidewalk, he squeezes to the side of the road.
  9. Operator
    Operator 20 July 2020 12: 04 New
    +2
    I have one question for the small-shavens - where are the Salisbury victims of the Novichok BOV?

    Skripali and Bailey are more alive than all the living, despite the fact that the Moscow banker Kivelidi, his secretary and pathologist, poisoned in 1995 by Novichok, died within a few hours.
  10. Pavel57
    Pavel57 20 July 2020 12: 25 New
    +1
    We need to reshoot the film - "Dead Season", which also takes place in Salisbury.
  11. Maks1995
    Maks1995 20 July 2020 12: 38 New
    +1
    And they didn't say anything about an important topic.
    How were the sports food sellers revealed in the film? All sorts of snot are interesting only to Angles.

    But the sellers of sports food, by purely coincidence, similar to the head of the DPR, were not cheated in the article ...
  12. Roman123567
    Roman123567 20 July 2020 12: 38 New
    0
    “Friends have long advised us to visit this wonderful city,” said Petrov.
    - A tourist city, there is a famous cathedral, - added Boshirov.
    - Did you have any toxic substances? - the host asked.
    “No,” Boshirov answered shortly.
    “It seems to me that this is nonsense,” added Petrov.


    "How to shoot a series about tourists" (c)

    Shl .. there are still idiots who believe that these two went to look at the spire ??)
    You can treat the Anglo-Saxons in different ways .. but the fact that they were able to figure out these "tourists" is not a bad job in itself ..
  13. rocket757
    rocket757 20 July 2020 12: 59 New
    +1
    Whoever looks, to that and the cards in hand ... and so, grind into empty water, be-e.
  14. iouris
    iouris 20 July 2020 15: 24 New
    0
    The meaning of this story was not revealed. However, it is not hard to see that both sides have accomplished important tasks: rallying the population around the leaders when needed.
    As for cinema, as a rule, a film is shot first, and then events unfold close to the script (somewhere high in the mountains, not in our area). Most likely you should watch that movie.
  15. stalki
    stalki 20 July 2020 16: 27 New
    0
    The Salisbury Poisoning certainly deserves a place in the sun. This is an example of strictly one-sided lighting of a highly resonant event. Something like making a historical film about the attack on Pearl Harbor, telling the story of a local fisherman, who was scared away by the Japanese.

    They just forgot to ask, but what happened?
    Only a naive European can believe this nonsense.
    1. Roman123567
      Roman123567 21 July 2020 09: 35 New
      0
      Only a naive Russian is able to believe in nonsense that these two went to look at the spire, and that they were not agents at all, and that they immediately came to Simonyan ..))
      It is not known what was really there in the details .. but the very fact of the event is just stupid to deny ..
      1. stalki
        stalki 21 July 2020 14: 19 New
        +1
        Only a naive Russian is able to believe in nonsense that these two went to look at the spire, and that they were not agents at all, and that they immediately came to Simonyan ..))
        It is not known what was really there in the details .. but the very fact of the event is just stupid to deny ..
        What event? Can I be omniscient in details? Tell everyone laughing laughing laughing "naive" Russians know everything that you know, otherwise we do not know. We have half the country in Western agents, there is nowhere to spit. We will still watch the comedy from the Tugosaxons, now we ran to waste time on this nonsense. laughing
  16. SVD68
    SVD68 20 July 2020 20: 51 New
    +1
    The British among the Westerners turned out to be the smartest - they immediately realized that there are lawyers at the trial who can not only ask questions, but also demand an answer to them. Therefore, instead of a trial on Litvinenko's death, there was a report. And no one is obliged to answer questions about the report.
    And then the Americans filed a lawsuit, and there lawyers began to ask such questions that first the deputy special prosecutor quit his job, and then the special prosecutor Mueller himself preferred to run away.
    Or the Dutch started a trial, and there lawyers started asking such questions that the authorities of the Netherlands, desperate to get the necessary court decision, ran to the human rights court. Suddenly there will be no lawyers.
    And the clever Englishmen, instead of the Salisbury poisoning court, again muddied a work of art - a "documentary" film.
  17. 1536
    1536 21 July 2020 13: 05 New
    +1
    The quality of Anglo-American films and TV series has fallen so much in the last 10 years that one involuntarily comes to the idea that all these crafts are being shot by a single clumsy director who cut down some money in a big and easy way, and is trying to account for this to the financial authorities release of at least some kind of "product". Alas, but "people hawala", which means, like stale food, it is better to ignore these "masterpieces".
  18. ZaDedov
    ZaDedov 24 July 2020 20: 05 New
    0
    Judging by the article, the film, with an interview with Bashirov and Petrov, does not go in comparison