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Did Lieutenant Aleksandrov have a prototype - "Grasshopper" from the Soviet film: versions of historians

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Did Lieutenant Aleksandrov have a prototype - "Grasshopper" from the Soviet film: versions of historians

One of the most beloved films about the Great Patriotic War by Russian audiences is Leonid Bykov's film "Only the" old men "of 1973 go to battle. Historythat truly touches the soul - no fake emotions, no historical excesses. At the same time, from the very first screenings of "Old Men", viewers began to try to find out whether the characters shown in the film have real prototypes or is it an invention of the screenwriter and director?


Among the favorite heroes of the film by Leonid Bykov is a lieutenant (then, according to the plot, a senior lieutenant), whose name not every viewer will remember. If you say: "Remember Lieutenant Aleksandrov from the Soviet film about the war?" Probably, the majority will find it difficult to answer which lieutenant and from which film they are talking. But if we say that we are talking about a lieutenant nicknamed "Grasshopper", then a lot will fall into place.

The role of "Grasshopper" for Leonid Bykov was played by Sergei Ivanov, an actor from Kiev. Sergei Petrovich lived a short life - at the age of 48 he died (in 2000). And the image of the lieutenant created by him in the film "Only" old men "go to battle to this day are fondly remembered by millions of compatriots.

So did Lieutenant Aleksandrov from this film have a real prototype? The SkyArtist channel features versions from historians.

Photos used:
still from the film "Only" old men "go into battle, directed by L. Bykov
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  1. WHAT IS
    WHAT IS April 11 2021 05: 57
    +10
    The film is a masterpiece! And whether there was a prototype or not is already a second time.
    1. Sling cutter
      Sling cutter April 11 2021 07: 17
      +8
      Quote: WHAT IS
      The film is a masterpiece! And whether there was a prototype or not is already a second time.

      Twice Hero of the Soviet Union Vitaly Ivanovich Popkov was the main consultant of the film "Only Old Men Go to Battle" and a friend of Bykov. The film, in principle, was built on the memories of front-line pilots.
    2. Bez 310
      Bez 310 April 11 2021 08: 09
      -5
      Quote: WHAT IS
      The film is a masterpiece!

      How's the masterpiece? For an amateur ...
      In modern terms, it is a "hyped" military musical.
      There are also more "masterpiece" films about aviation in war, and
      if we seriously talk about masterpieces, then this, without any doubt,
      "Torpedo bombers".
      1. Nemchinov Vl
        Nemchinov Vl April 11 2021 10: 46
        +2
        Quote: Bez 310
        How's the masterpiece? For an amateur ...
        In modern terms, it is a "hyped" military musical.
        There are also more "masterpiece" films about aviation in war, and
        if we seriously talk about masterpieces, then this, without any doubt,
        "Torpedo bombers".

        lol bravo - Bez 310... winked however one can feel "slight jealousy bomber MRA "... !!! wink
        1. Bez 310
          Bez 310 April 11 2021 11: 13
          +1
          Quote: Vl Nemchinov
          however, one can feel the "slight jealousy of the MRA bomber" ... !!!

          Well...
          I also like the Chronicle of a Dive Bomber.
          And in "Only old men go to battle" there is some artificiality,
          to put it mildly, attraction, or something ...
          Although, there is a more radical definition below.
          1. Egoza
            Egoza April 11 2021 18: 16
            +2
            Quote: Bez 310
            "Only old men go to battle" there is some artificiality,
            to put it mildly, attraction, or something ...

            I wouldn't say that. For example, Skvortsov - "the future soloist of the very Bolshoi Theater" - a real pilot, after the war he studied and became a soloist of the choir of the Kiev Opera House. My mom worked with him
            1. Bez 310
              Bez 310 April 11 2021 18: 28
              +1
              Quote: Egoza
              I wouldn’t say that.

              Well, perhaps you heard something about Aviation, and I lived in it, that's why I said it.
              And I have a reason for this - a huge experience of service in Aviation of my family. My father, brother, and I myself have served in Aviation for 30 years, and even my wife for more than 20.
              That's why I'm talking about what I see in the film. Yes, the veterans really liked the film, because it is about their youth, it is almost without "straining", with a beautiful love line, with military aviation stories, and even musical.
              But "Torpedo Bombers" is about the war ...
              1. kartalovkolya
                kartalovkolya April 12 2021 07: 39
                0
                I don’t want to offend you, but let me disagree: you can be an ass-pilot, but at the same time no film critic or "film critic"! At one time the writer A. Perventsev, in his book "Honor from a Youth" through the lips of one of the heroes, expressed one very interesting thought: "... the mule of Yevgeny Savoysky went with him 300 campaigns, but it remained a mule!" Make a conclusion yourself ...
                1. Bez 310
                  Bez 310 April 12 2021 08: 09
                  0
                  Quote: kartalovkolya
                  let disagree

                  Disagree.
                  What do you disagree with?

    3. Gato
      Gato April 11 2021 10: 31
      +5
      Probably, if there were no prototypes, then the film would not have become a masterpiece. And Bykov would have been told that he had removed some cranberries. The participants in the events were still alive at the time of the film's release. My grandfather was especially fond of this film, but he was rather cool about pretentious epics ..
  2. Prisoner
    Prisoner April 11 2021 10: 02
    +6
    Army tales were at all times and after us and our great-grandchildren will be. The fact that the film hits the strings that are most hidden among the servicemen so that it breaks a tear for those who have long forgotten how to cry is a fact. So leave him alone. Not everything can be explained by mathematics, calculated.
  3. Dkuznecov
    Dkuznecov April 11 2021 21: 47
    0
    The film is based on the book "Baltic Sky".
    I have read it many times. Difficult material.
    Not everyone has read it.
    With "copyright", of course, edits.
    I will not belittle Bykov.
    But he has a stronger film - "Aty, Baty, there were soldiers."
    I'm not even talking about "Aleshkin's love".
    It is necessary to watch.