I took the book, rising from my sleep,
And I read in it:
“There were worse times,
But it was not mean ”.
And I read in it:
“There were worse times,
But it was not mean ”.
Yes, not having time to cool down from the film "Zoya", after which I was really shaking, so the next premiere of the next dirty trick collapsed.
Film "Blockade Diary" directed by Andrey Zaitsev. Cuddled by the press like Meduza and Rossiyskaya Gazeta and sharply criticized from the other side, for example, Rada Mikhailovna Granovskaya, Doctor of Psychology, siege woman, Nikolai Puchkov and Bair Irincheev, Andrey Sidorchik and many other not indifferent, and most importantly, honest people.
The film won the Grand Prix of the 42nd International Moscow Film Festival "Golden Saint George". He is naturally praised by those who should praise him. But those who criticize are also entitled to their opinion, especially if they really were participants.
Already the trailer has outraged people. Yes, a trailer is a promotional product that should lure people into the theater.
“My heart ached from grief and resentment when I watched the video of this film about the siege of Leningrad. The way the inhabitants of besieged Leningrad are shown in the video is dirty trick and lies. The video denigrates the heroic people who defended their city, ”Granovskaya said in an interview with Krasnaya Vesna.
“It became clear to me that the authors of the film do not consider the blockade people as people. If we were such freaks, as the filmmakers showed, we would not have defended Leningrad. And how you need to hate people who survived the blockade to make such a film about them! "
Perhaps Rada Mikhailovna was overly emotional? You know, I will also allow myself "extra emotionality." Before the war, more than two hundred relatives lived in Leningrad. ONE survived the blockade. Alexandra Strelnikova, nurse of the 2nd evacuation hospital.
The rest - at Bogoslovsky, Obukhovsky and Piskarevsky.
But it's not about the personal, it was a tragedy on a national scale. And the whole country fought for Leningrad. With great difficulty, the exported children were accepted throughout the Soviet Union, in all republics. This was considered a bit of an honorable duty. And this is what films should be made about - about heroism, about the spiritual feat of people living, and not just living, but working and fighting in such conditions.
But no. Not worthy.
And if they are unworthy, don't get it on the topic of the zombie apocalypse. The scriptwriter cannot enter the script, the director cannot direct, the editor cannot edit, but you, the audience, will watch THIS because you have paid.
Oh yeah ... Doesn't it bother anyone that the director, scriptwriter, editor, producer are one person? Andrey Zaitsev, a multi-local Stakhanovite?
Behind whose back everything is the same as in the case of the film "Zoya" looming RVIO, Medinsky and the Ministry of Culture.
And then I want to proclaim: "Glory to the covid!"
If not for the quarantine measures, we would have been doused with mud once again. Not to the 75th anniversary of the victory (oh, how we would like!), But to the next anniversary of the lifting of the blockade.
It is not enough for us "Holiday" of the villain Krasovsky, we there, to the honor of the public, walked so that no one dared to demonstrate THIS on the screens. We decided that the Internet would be enough. But when the chicks of Medinsky's nest from the RVIO intervene, it immediately becomes clear: there will be a budget, which means that there will be rental on the screens of cinemas too.
So what will they show us? What to expect from Andrei Zaitsev, by the way, nothing special at this moment not noted in terms of creating masterpieces?
The zombie apocalypse. The walking Dead. Everything. This is all that the director's mind and imagination were enough for. Usually a trailer is a cut of the “fattest” shots that the viewer might like. Sometimes all the interesting footage from the trailer is the most valuable thing in the film.
But Mr. Zaitsev decided to show us a really film about zombies who have lost everything human.
Black and white "film", some really post-apocalyptic city, with buildings, for some reason from roof to ground covered with some strange drips, frost ... Slowly moving figures ... One, like in the movie "Zoya", filling the audio track with groans pulling a sled. The sleds are overturned right next to the line, and loaves of bread fall out of them onto the snow.
The heads of those standing in line slowly turn and the repeated refrain begins to sound: "Bread ... Bread ... Bread ... Bread ... Bread ...". Deadly and mournful muttering. Wretchedness of the highest level. Again Hollywood with its stamps.
A crowd of gray faceless figures are approaching a rushing and screaming parody of a man trying to explain that he is taking this bread to children in an orphanage ...
Lord, why do we need all this?
Why do we have to be punished for so long, filming all this rubbish, why money is given to these mediocre directors and screenwriters?
Was it necessary to vote for this? This Constitution so protects historical the truth?
No, it was not like that.
Yes, the scribes of history really want to show Zombieland, inhabited by creatures that have lost their human appearance. Demonstration of a set of some instincts. Is not stealing bread from children and not eating it - is it valor and achievement? Is this all that the proud and unconquered Leningraders were capable of?
Not. There are enough documents, memoirs, memoirs, books, after reading which one can draw only one conclusion: Leningrad was not a kingdom of death, inhabited by zombies that have lost their human appearance. It was a difficult front, the front of the war of life and death.
Not zombies worked in factories, repairing and releasing Tanks and self-propelled guns. Not zombies repelled German raids aviation and counteracted artillery shelling. They were people.
And not just people, but people of the highest spirit and stamina. Helping each other. Fought until the last minute. Those who fought, worked, taught and studied. Yes, dying under air raids and shelling, dying of hunger and cold.
But not as stupid zombies, but as people who were in the war not as slaughter animals, but as parts of the very Motherland that they eventually defended.
Zaitsev does not understand this. Either education or upbringing. That's why he has zombies. And those who were properly brought up and educated have completely different people in their memory. Those who gave the last crumb to the children so that they could survive this terrible time.
Yes, there were freaks. Thieves, marauders, bandits. Shadows on the bright image of the population of the great city, which were caught and destroyed like mad dogs.
In the text I will give several links to useful sources, but I highly recommend everyone to read a very interesting work, the book by Alexander Kiknadze "That Long Time". The book is dedicated to THAT football match of the Leningrad Dynamo, but it contains a lot of interesting facts about what the players were doing during the war. Highly recommend.
And if at least part of the Leningraders turned into those monsters that Zaitsev took in his lampoon, the city would definitely fall.
And surprising as it may seem, Zaitsev for some reason begins ... to lie!
In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, he states:
“This is a documentary reality. I wrote the script based on Stars of the Day, the evidence from the Book of Siege and the memoirs of Daniil Granin. And I would never allow myself to fantasize something about the blockade. This is a sacred theme, and all that is in the film are the memories of the survivors of the blockade. Granin, Berggolts, and the diaries of the blockade have a detailed description of the city in the winter of 1941 - the fiercest one, when a lot of people died from frost and hunger. Then we learned how to somehow improve life, there was more food, and in later filming the streets do not look so deadly. And the first year is the worst. In December, the electricity was cut off, the cameramen handed over their cameras, and this cruel winter is almost not in the photo or in the newsreels. "
About how Zaitsev read everything, Bair Irincheev said very well, and I see no reason to repeat after him, it is enough to show him at Puchkov's speech. Honest work.
Bair Irincheev about the film "Blockade Diary"
Documentary filming of besieged Leningrad, photographs of the winter of 1941-1942 were carried out. In Soviet times, not all of these photographic materials were available, but now it is quite possible to get acquainted with them.
The fact that Zaitsev does not know that the operators did not need electricity is surprising. Alas, no one handed over their cameras anywhere. They filmed, including that terrible winter, as you can see from the above photos.
Cameramen Boris Dementyev, Boris Sokolov, Mikhail Poselsky and Roman Carmen, May 1945, Germany, Berlin.
Here is my all-time idol Roman Carmen and his "Aymo 71-Q", an American camera from Bell & Howell. Although our KS-4 and KS-5 also existed.
This camera does not need electricity. It was powered by a spring mechanism ...
Such a small lie, but now it generates a great disbelief ...
And then, the main question: what does Zaitsev want to show us? The horror of the blockade?
Forgive me, what could be worse than a 125-gram ration of surrogate bread kept in a museum?
What can shock more than the pages of Tanya Savicheva's diary?
Black frostbitten arms and legs of the Road of Life traffic controllers who stood in the icy water at night so that cars could drive with life for the city's residents?
Zaitsev commits a crime against the heroes of Leningrad by his attempt to show those people not as heroes who fought, sacrificing the most precious thing for a person - life - to the altar of Victory, but as victims. Those who were sacrificed for some incomprehensible goals and ideals.
This is the very rewriting against which, in theory, the Putin Constitution should have worked. But that doesn't work for some reason. And this is a topic for another conversation.
And now I propose another video material, which perfectly and honestly tells about what Andrei Zaitsev is. I don’t want to quote, Galina Shcherba perfectly understands the artistic value of this film. No less thoroughly than Bair Irincheev and Dmitry Puchkov analyze the historical value.
Review of the film directed by Andrei Zaitsev. Images and meanings.
What I understood. And I realized the following: everything that is happening today in Russian cinema, I do not know by whose will, but is aimed at the most vile rewriting of history. To replace historical values. To devalue the feat of the SOVIET people in the Great Patriotic War. The mocking setting of the blockade was not a feat, but a disaster.
Depreciation of war, devaluation. Replacing “remember and be proud” with “grieve and repent”. With all the ensuing consequences.
Where is your Constitution, Mr Putin? Where is the protection of our historical values?
And isn't it time to seriously think about what is happening with Russian cinema and where in ten years the Vlasov clique of the RVIO is leading us? Do we need such a story?
Today on "Zoya", which is terrifying, by hook or by crook they are trying to drive the audience, especially young people.
Maybe it's time to stop the stream of nightmarish images that RVIO and Medinsky are trying to shed on us from the screens? To develop a certain concept of a military theme in particular and an artistic depiction of our history in general?
Well, you can't do it the way everything is happening now!
Think, dear readers, the last veterans and the last workers of the rear, including the inhabitants of besieged Leningrad, are leaving. And scoundrels spat upon by the "truth of life" leave the historical cinema.
And who is left? There remain indifferent and no longer believing citizens of a country, who are often disgusted with looking into the past.
The perfect herd. Easy to manage.
Is this what we are so neatly led to? Victims of the besieged Leningrad instead of heroes, alcoholic and criminal Alexander Matrosov, schizophrenic Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, children-saboteurs "Bastards" ...
Who's next? And then, as I understand it, is it Vlasov, Krasnov, Akhmet-Girey, Denikin, Yudenich?
Yes, a country with such a great past cannot but have a “great” future. And this, frankly, kills.