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What is the strength in, brother?!

May 18 died one of the most extraordinary and beloved by his contemporaries Russian filmmakers Alexei Balabanov. Only his relatives and friends knew that the director had been seriously ill for a long time and was even preparing for death. However, the death from a heart attack still turned out to be sudden for everyone. Balabanov in February turned just 54 year. Already we can say that this is an irreparable loss for all Russian cinema and all modern Russian culture.

Alexey Balabanov was born on February 25 of 1959 in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg). The future director's childhood and youth were spent in this city, which at the end of 1970 and early 1980, unexpectedly became the center of culture, which was very different from the Soviet officialdom. After completing high school, Aleksey Balabanov did not think about linking his further life with cinema, he went to Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), where he began studying at the local Institute of Foreign Languages ​​as a translator.

In 1981, after graduation, he became a serviceman in the Military Transport aviation. Almost 25 years after that, the director said that the experience of military service he himself saw in Afghanistan, as well as those stories, which he heard at that time, found a direct reflection in his, probably, the most difficult and gloomy picture for the perception of the mass audience: “Cargo-200”.

What is the strength in, brother?!

From the army, he returned to his native Sverdlovsk, where in 1983 he began working in the Sverdlovsk film studio as an assistant director. Then, in Sverdlovsk, probably more than in other cities of the USSR, there was a “different” life. In this period, the Sverdlovsk rock club, known to the whole Union, flourished in Sverdlovsk, a large number of creative young people were concentrated in Sverdlovsk, and they were ready to bring something new to art.

The first serious work of the future director, his graduate work at the Higher Directing and Scenario Courses was the documentary-game film “Egor and Nastya”. In this film, the unreal story was presented in quite real interiors. In this film, Alexei Balabanov shot the musicians of the Sverdlovsk rock club: Vyacheslav Butusov, Nastya Polevu, Igor Belkin. In the future, domestic rock artists and their songs will be featured in many of his films.

In 1990, Balabanov graduated from the Higher Courses of Scriptwriters and Directors, where he studied at the experimental course “Author's Cinema” B. Galantera and L. Nikolayev. In the same year, he decides to move to St. Petersburg. It was in the northern capital that his great and triumphal journey began as a director. Balabanov began to engage in cinema in a very difficult time, when cinema, it seemed, ceased to be needed by anyone, and even the most well-known and honored Russian directors either retired or went to frankly commercial projects. It is at this time that Balabanov creates his own unique cinema language, unique to him. In 1991, he shot the film “Happy Days”, in which he showed St. Petersburg the way no one had shot it before. This was his first full-length film.

Sergey Bodrov - the hero of the film Brother and Brother-2

Shortly thereafter, Alexey Balabanov co-wrote the script (it is worth noting that Balabanov wrote the script himself for all his films) of the film “Border Conflict” by the young director Nadezhda Khvorova. In 1992, he, together with Sergey Selyanov and Vasily Grigoriev, acted as co-founder of STV Film Studio. It was with the participation of this film studio that almost all his work in the cinema was subsequently shot.

In 1994, the director presented his second full-length film to the public. The film was shot based on a classic work. Balabanov managed to film the famous castle of Franz Kafka. For this work, Alexei Balabanov was awarded the prestigious film award "Nika". In the same year, he made his debut as a producer - he produced the tape “Confession to a stranger”.

Before 1997, Alexei Balabanov was already recognized by the Russian film community, critics responded well to him, but the success of the All-Russian scale and the love of the mass audience was brought to him by the film “Brother”. In this film, 26-year-old Sergei Bodrov Jr. played a major role. Willingly or unwittingly, Balabanov succeeded on the movie screen to bring to life the symbol of that restless time in which "there must be good with the fists."

Danila Bagrov, performed by Sergey Bodrov for the 1990-s, was the first and, apparently, the last hero of a whole generation, an entire era. The music for this film was written by Vyacheslav Butusov. This picture was instantly dismantled by the Russian audience for quotations, the film became the cult and most significant Russian 1990 film. Remarkable is the fact that the film “Brother” (was shot with a very modest budget) became the highest-grossing film of the country in 1997 year.

The film "I do not hurt"

After such a noisy and deafening success, Balabanov made a rather unexpected turn. In 1998, he made an art-house film "About Freaks and People." This picture touched on a very unusual and provocative topic: she told about the first creators of pornographic films in pre-revolutionary Russia. This film, as the director later said in his interviews, “is the only one to which I personally have no complaints.”

The next movie of Balabanov, which was shot by him in 2000, was the film “Brother-2”. For the soundtrack of this film, the director picked up songs mostly not the most famous at that time rock groups, which after this film became loved and recognizable. This picture caused a really vigorous and ambiguous reaction in the press and, of course, was very well received by the mass Russian audience. Alexey Balabanov was able to make films that the viewer can now recall this or that era from the life of the country. If his first “Brother” was a “document of the epoch” for the middle of 1990's, then the film “Brother-2000” released in 2, telling about the future fate of Danila Bagrov, was already a sign of farewell to 1990, with many illusions and patterns of the time.

In March 2002, Balabanov shot the film “War”. “War” is a dramatic action movie about the Chechen war, in which Sergey Bodrov, English actor Ian Kelly, Ingeborg Dapkunayte starred, and young actor Alexei Chadov debuted for the first time in a big movie. The film premiered in March 2002 of the year, and in June this film received the highest award of the Kinotavr film festival - the Golden Rose.

The film "Dead Man's buff"

His next film was the "infinite film comedy" of "Dead Man's Bluffman". This time, the director has assembled a truly very stellar composition for his film: Dmitry Dyuzhev, Nikita Mikhalkov, Renata Litvinova, Viktor Sukhorukov, Alexey Serebryakov, Sergey Makovetsky, Andrey Panin, Alexander Basharov, Yuri Stepanov, Tatyana Dogileva. This cast would be enough for more than one movie. And the fact that they all agreed to the shooting, only confirms the greatness and talent of the director Balabanov. 2005's tragic comedy of the Dead Man's Bluff is the brightest farce, they are bandits, businessmen and politicians. This movie again told the viewer about the life of Russia 1990's.

In later films the director, as his relatives believe, has already begun to talk about himself about his serious illness. They became harder and darker. “It Doesn't Hurt Me”, “Cargo-200”, “Morphine”, “Stoker”. Balabanova’s latest film - a realistic fairy tale “I also want” was released in December 2012 of the year.

He finished the film “It Doesn't Hurt Me” in the spring of 2006. In this film, the director first tried himself in the genre of melodrama, and again his work can be considered very successful and shrill. Alexander Yatsenko, Renata Litvinova, Nikita Mikhalkov and Dmitry Dyuzhev played a piercing story about love and death before the audience.

The film "War"

In 2007, Balabanov shot his film “Cargo-200”, which takes place in 1984 year. The film showed the viewer the reverse side of both the idyllic Soviet reality and human nature. However, the director himself said that “Gruz-200” is a film about love. At the same time, the film community and the audience perceived the picture ambiguously: their opinions split roughly equally. Part of the fiercely stigmatizing Balabanov, accusing the director of slandering and distorting the Soviet past, others called “Gruz-200” one of the most worthy films of recent years. Due to the presence in the scene scenes of cruelty and violence in many cities, the picture was removed from the rental.

At the end of 2008, Balabanov presented another grim picture of Morphine, which was based on the stories of the famous Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. This picture was a tribute to the memory of Sergei Bodrov, who once wrote the script for this film. The main role in the film was played by a young actor Leonid Bichevin, who had previously starred in Balabanov in the film “Cargo-200”.

His penultimate work was The Fireman, which was released in October 2010. This is a chamber film, which was filmed in 3's scenery and tells the story of the contused major retired who returned from Afghanistan to a rapidly changing state. This film was shot by Alexei Balabanov, not involving professional actors for the work, the only exception being the leading actor Mikhail Skryabin. Actor of the Yakut theater, which has repeatedly starred in his paintings.

It is worth noting that Alexei Balabanov was a patriot to the bone. Often it was reproached, but the director never gave up and continued to provoke the public. He was quite worried about the collapse of the USSR and loved Russia. But at the same time, what happened in the 1 / 6 space of the land part broke it; it was not by chance that many dialogues of his characters seemed too hard, challenging, untimely to many people. Alexey Balabanov, as they will say later, “blew up” Russian cinema with his civic position, which is far from clear and accepted. In his films, he showed life here and now, and the viewer of his films did not always understand what to do from what he saw - to laugh or be horrified.

According to Mikhail Trofimenkov, a well-known film critic, who knew Balabanov well, the director’s health has been severely undermined lately; he was shooting his last works, being seriously ill. In an interview with the BBC Russian service, Trofimkin noted that with his films Balabanov was fighting with death and not only with his own. According to him, he has managed to become a truly cult figure for Russian cinema of the last 2's decades. Modern Russian cinema is afraid of life, while Alexey Balabanov was one of those who were not afraid to broadcast this life on the screen. He broadcast Russia on the screen, the film critic noted.

A few days before his death, Balabanov gave a terrible, because the prophetic interview. Further, his words: “Most likely, there will be no more films by Alexei Balabanov. For some reason, I have such a premonition. Although I wrote the script for a new film, and in my opinion it is not a bad one. Just what, I will not say. " Fyodor Balabanov, the son of the director has already announced his intention to film the latest work of his father.

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  1. Denis_SF
    Denis_SF 21 May 2013 06: 50
    Big loss. He was one of the best directors of modern Russia.
    1. Gari
      Gari 21 May 2013 09: 29
      ,, Brother ,, ,, Brother-2 ,,,, War ,,, Blind Man ,,,,,,
      my favorite films, ready to watch time after time - real films, tough as dashing 90s, the collapse of the Great Power, the collapse of human destinies, moral values
      Modern Russian cinema is afraid of life, while Alexei Balabanov was one of those who were not afraid to broadcast this life on screen

      -so only Patriot could shoot

      All Power in Truth- Brother
      1. krokodil25
        krokodil25 21 May 2013 10: 28
        The director was excellent, after watching the load of 200 at heart for several days it was filthy and disgusting as it was.
      2. bask
        bask 21 May 2013 11: 04
        Quote: Gari
        ,, Brother ,, ,, Brother-2 ,,,, War ,,, Blind Man ,,,,,,

        I watched it 20 times, and I will always look. !!!
        My favorite films are not only these .And all the work of A. Balabanov.
        Therefore, I shot such films.
        Irreplaceable loss for Russian cinema.
        The best are leaving !!!
        It remains a pity only d ......
        Kingdom of Heaven BROTHER !!
        Quote: Gari
        All Power in Truth- Brother

        FOR ALL 100 !!!
        1. Greyfox
          Greyfox 21 May 2013 13: 50
          It’s a pity, it’s a pity ... The Lord doesn’t take those ...
          1. Mikhail3
            Mikhail3 23 May 2013 11: 45
            Takes everyone. He lived a worthy life and did a lot, now good people are doing him funeral fever - remember his deeds. Not everyone is so lucky, not everyone is ...
            Sergei will meet him there. Will cover on the bridge, if that ...
  2. apro
    apro 21 May 2013 07: 26
    More than a controversial activist preaching infantile bullishness - tread on your foot tear your head under beautiful words about justice and truth. Such was in demand during the wild 90s.
    1. Hleb
      Hleb 21 May 2013 07: 44
      someone minusanul. and in his films there are such moments that even an adult does not know how to perceive it.
    2. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 23 May 2013 11: 51
      Yes Yes. When you are insulted, trampled, humiliated - you need to pretend to be a rag. Call it wisdom, modernity ... creativity. What is the strength ... certainly not cowardice, no matter what the cowards pack it.
  3. Hleb
    Hleb 21 May 2013 07: 31
    Does he have at least one film where there is no violence, tragedy, some kind of harsh, black reality? Psychologically, Balabanov was clearly not an ordinary person.
    1. mansur
      mansur 21 May 2013 16: 13
      [quote = Gleb] does he have at least one film where there is no violence, tragedy, some kind of harsh, black reality?

      He shot about life, life in 90 years, and what it was like that and shot without embellishment - real

      [quote = Gleb] psychologically Balabanov was clearly not an ordinary person. [/ quote]
      Maybe so, but then, he shot the truth and
      All Strength in Truth Brother
      1. Hleb
        Hleb 21 May 2013 16: 39
        about life, life in 90 years

        I strongly advise you to watch his films. Especially Gruz-200 about the "90s" in 1984 and about the "truth".
        in the rest the same "truth"
        1. krokodil25
          krokodil25 21 May 2013 17: 40
          Quote: Gleb
          I strongly advise you to watch his films. Especially Gruz-200 about the "90s" in 1984 and about the "truth".
          in the rest the same "truth"

          A load of 200 watched, I can say it so every artist has a black square, by the way I watched this movie on channel 1 a private show with Gordon, so Alexei Balabanov then said that it seemed like something similar was actually not all of course, but it was so he didn’t take this story from the ceiling.
    2. Seraph
      Seraph 23 May 2013 01: 20
      Do you know psychologically simple people? Simple means indistinguishable, easy to understand. Those. I want to ask: do you know a person with a soul arrangement exactly the same as yours. Personally, I'm always more interesting with someone who has differences. And it seems to me that it is precisely at the junction of differences that interaction, creativity, and development take place. "Psychologically (that is, mentally) Balabanov was clearly not an ordinary person" - this is rather a compliment to him
      1. Gahprom
        Gahprom 24 May 2013 15: 22
        Cargo 200? Great work of the artist!

        Orthodox necrophile? cool
  4. Buran
    Buran 21 May 2013 08: 10
    I don’t know about others, but "Brother" once supported me. For all its cruelty and tragedy, it is one of the most life-affirming films of the 90s.
    Earth you rest in peace Alex!
  5. Apollo
    Apollo 21 May 2013 08: 12
    The sudden death of the film director Alexei Balabanov shocked me very much. Those few films that he managed to shoot for a long time will be remembered by the viewer. Rare talent and talent were possessed by Alexei, it’s a pity that he died untimely. Good memory to you Alexey. Let the earth be in peace for you.

    The words of the movie hero are relevant now more than ever.
    1. Hleb
      Hleb 21 May 2013 08: 22
      a lot of people called the film offensive to them
      1. omsbon
        omsbon 21 May 2013 08: 56
        Well, it depends on whom to consider a brother! Personally, I agree with Bodrov!
      2. pinachet
        pinachet 21 May 2013 22: 30
        but he was not shy and showed real "their" behavior, and also showed how to deal with it.
  6. NickitaDembelnulsa
    NickitaDembelnulsa 21 May 2013 08: 24
    Balabanov was a unique director. No one will be able to remove something similar or as exciting as the master himself did. He is inimitable.
  7. waisson
    waisson 21 May 2013 08: 48
    each director is unique in his own way; he and the director of the Balabanov youth was remembered by the cult films BROTHER which look on one sigh but he also has little-known semantic films that make you think and the older generation is used to thinking. In one word, the director was from God the director was for EVERYONE. LET THE EARTH WILL BE HIMS!
    1. Hleb
      Hleb 21 May 2013 09: 07
      How do you feel about the film Cargo 200? What can youth remember about it? Blind people what made you think about it?
      1. krokodil25
        krokodil25 21 May 2013 10: 20
        Quote: Gleb
        Zhmurki what you made to think about?

        blindfolds do not make you think about anything, this is purely black humor.
      2. MG42
        MG42 21 May 2013 11: 44
        Cargo 200 is just a creepy movie; all the horrors that you could think of could be written there. fool with the theme of the USSR, one can say far-fetched, the scene where the heroine is raped, and her dead groom’s body lies on the bed = cargo 200 from Afghanistan, doesn’t go into any frames at all, and the film is depressing, and industrial areas were shot especially in a disgusting perspective, maniac - policeman, execution in prison, etc. In general, it’s hard to come up with worse, once I looked, I would not watch it again.
      3. Seraph
        Seraph 22 May 2013 00: 29
        Cargo 200? Great work of the artist! I love all of Balabanov's work and will try to explain why. Do you know Vereshchagin's "Apotheosis of War"? An indisputable work of art, not for nothing hangs in the Tretyakov Gallery. Some of her contemporaries did not like it either. "Cargo 200" is the apotheosis of human emptiness, meaninglessness, hopelessness. The USSR is just a suitable background, although for many the late Union was exactly the same as in the picture. Not everyone lived in Kirsanov, and although I personally have extremely positive memories from childhood about the Union, the end of the 80s, specifically the 88th, 89th, 90th, are so accurately conveyed in the film that goosebumps are already on the skin. And these are the milestone years, when it became clear on the skin - the old has passed, there is uncertainty ahead. Hence the loss and darkness of a man of timelessness. Violence in the film is an existential evil, as in another similar film, "Chekist"; it is rather a cast from the devil than from a person. The film is not about the decline of the USSR, but about what a lost human soul, without a core, can turn into: a maniac, a huckster, a bureaucrat. Sleep of reason (and I mean conscience) gives birth to monsters.
        Please be condescending for my vision. I am not a critic or an artist
        1. MG42
          MG42 22 May 2013 13: 49
          Quote: Seraphim
          Cargo 200? Great work of the artist

          Every man to his own taste. The movie is terrible.
          Quote: Seraphim
          "Cargo 200" is the apotheosis of human emptiness, meaninglessness, hopelessness. The USSR is just a suitable background, although for many the late Union was exactly the same, as in the picture.

          Soviet policeman = a brutal maniac, a pervert and he has a crazy mother, the main character, a party worker who turned from Marxist-Leninist ideology to God as a result for the first time, and they shot an innocent man in prison, simultaneously ridiculed the hopeless life of the USSR, drunkenness, industrial areas and ecology, all in black and with the appropriate accompaniment, the film does not carry any positive!
          Quote: Seraphim
          The film is not about the sunset of the USSR, but about what a lost human soul can turn into: a maniac, a bargain, a bureaucrat.

          No, he completely exaggerates, a sketch in black tones ....
          Quote: Seraphim
          Please be condescending for my vision. I am not a critic or an artist

          You have expressed your opinion, I am mine >>> correct opponents do not put downsides. hi
          P / S A few years ago I liked his movie <brother2> is dynamic and not as depressing as the same <brother 1>
      4. Seraph
        Seraph 23 May 2013 01: 12
        What did the movie "Zhmurki" make you think about? About the frailty of being, responsibility for sin and the disgusting human pettiness. On the frailty of being: today is the prince, tomorrow is dirt (about the hero Mikhalkov). About responsibility for sin: well, this is about all the heroes, only the heroes of Panin and Dyuzhev are not finished to the end - otherwise there would be no creativity, they still have time and freedom of choice. God is patiently waiting to see where the person will go, and the artist shows this riot. The hideousness of human pettiness, rudeness, greed for profit, life for the sake of momentary pleasure is the same about almost everyone.
        At the same time, the film is full of humor, although not, sarcasm; the plot is dynamic; Heroes are recognizable. This is a competitor to Hollywood. Our fellow citizens watched and will watch cinema regardless of the opinion of Vladimir Ilyich. And if we have directors who make films more interesting than Americans, our people will watch our movies. It seems good
  8. Kerch
    Kerch 21 May 2013 09: 29
    "Great loss. Was one of the best directors of modern Russia.
    Reply Quote Report violation of site rules "

    "More than a controversial figure preaching infantile bullishism, they stepped on their feet and ripped off their heads under the beautiful words about justice and truth. This was in demand during the wild 90s."

    Put the pluses for both comments.
  9. str73
    str73 21 May 2013 09: 53
    I can’t get rid of the ambivalence towards this person. On the one hand, a talented director, this cannot be taken away from him. But on the other hand, from many of his films, there was some unpleasant aftertaste on his soul (Cargo-200, Zhmurki, etc.). Probably God himself did not allow him to commit another sin - to make a film about the young Stalin - the terrorist (read the killer). They say his son wants to make this film. It would be better to abandon this idea ...
    1. Hleb
      Hleb 21 May 2013 10: 03
      I'm wondering what the mothers of the guys who died in Afghanistan felt when they saw Cargo 200. not to mention the rest in this film. The plot of 1984. What a comparison of life in the USSR with hell.
      1. Stranger
        Stranger 21 May 2013 11: 17
        Relax guy - it's a movie! this is art!
        1. Hon
          Hon 21 May 2013 11: 44
          A painting written by crap (this is not uncommon now) is also an art. Personally, I don’t understand art, therefore I only see on canvas. But people of the art of nature are subtle, therefore they see beauty in shit.
          1. MG42
            MG42 21 May 2013 11: 50
            Quote: Hon
            Shit painting

            Yeah, about the film <load 200>, perhaps you can’t say more precisely.
            1. Gahprom
              Gahprom 24 May 2013 15: 18
              for me, this director is neither great nor loved, I don’t understand shit varieties (c)

              so shit on the Afghans, it is still necessary to be able to
      2. str73
        str73 21 May 2013 13: 57
        I think that they feel like they didn’t give a damn about their souls, they ruined all the bright memories of their sons!
        1. MG42
          MG42 22 May 2013 16: 01
          Their tulips are called, black color, two hundredth load ...
  10. Skavron
    Skavron 21 May 2013 09: 53
    Of all the films, probably the most hooked on "Morphine", maybe because I love Bulgakov ... I don't know. In any case, Balobanov's films have always been a kind of bitter tincture, against the background of pink turbidity that has flooded TV. Always looked at the same breath.
    Balobanov is the brightest example of extraordinaryness in modern directing. These are needed, not Fedor ...
    Peace be upon him!
    1. tixon444
      tixon444 21 May 2013 22: 06
      Quote: Skavron
      Balobanov is the brightest example of extraordinaryness in modern directing. These are needed, not Fedor ...

      Balaban is one of the representatives of the birds of prey of the falconry order. Although the version of baloban is also often found, but Alexei Oktyabrinovich is still Balabanov ...
  11. Vrungel78
    Vrungel78 21 May 2013 10: 12
    After this film, the whole country called its children Danilami and Dasha.
  12. GOGY
    GOGY 21 May 2013 11: 05
    After Cargo 200, it’s better not to say anything about Balabanov, a spoonful of tar ruined a barrel of honey
    1. Gahprom
      Gahprom 24 May 2013 15: 16
      "Morphine", "Stoker" than something better?
      he disappeared, and consciously went to this
  13. pensioner
    pensioner 21 May 2013 11: 14
    Sorry to tears. We become poorer and poorer. And further. For me personally, Balabanov is a director on the level of Fellini. Because he made "About Freaks and People". Real art. I did not live in vain. They will remember.
  14. Trevis
    Trevis 21 May 2013 12: 05
    Very sorry Seryoga, the right guy was! Everlasting memory.
    1. Gari
      Gari 21 May 2013 12: 14
      Quote: Trevis
      Very sorry Seryoga, the right guy was! Everlasting memory

      Eternal memory to Sergei Bodrov
      the eternal memory of Balabanov - God takes the best
  15. NickitaDembelnulsa
    NickitaDembelnulsa 21 May 2013 14: 39
    Who will shoot purely Russian cinema now ?! Clear, spectacular, truthful, with a life meaning that is easily perceived. I do not know such directors, except for Balabanov naturally. This is a serious, and probably already irreparable loss.
  16. lexe
    lexe 21 May 2013 14: 54
    The doctor was capitalized. He treated bacterially according to the trend of violence in society. But with a national flavor) and the people caught this hidden implication. For which he is honored and praised. The seeker will always find a way to convey his thought. And he found .. It’s a pity that He lived as much as the average man in Russia - 54 years. There were a lot of questions and few people are looking for answers ..
  17. KononAV
    KononAV 21 May 2013 17: 12
    sorry man
  18. Black
    Black 21 May 2013 17: 35
    “It Doesn’t Hurt”, “Gruz-200”, “Morphine”, “Stoker” are some of those films that left a grave impression. It seems to me that it is necessary to put an age-related qualification of 25 years on such works of art, no less.
    1. krokodil25
      krokodil25 21 May 2013 18: 03
      Quote: Chen
      It seems to me that it is necessary to put an age-related qualification of 25 years on such works of art, no less.

      There is no sense; everything can now be easily found on the internet.
    2. Seraph
      Seraph 22 May 2013 00: 37
      It's right. He never made a children's movie. By the way, I think that Dostoevsky at school should be given purely for informational purposes. Reading "Crime and Punishment" in the 7th or 8th grade is unrealistic. But at the age of 20 he read Dostoevsky in one breath, then he reread it at 30. Each age has its own
    3. Gahprom
      Gahprom 24 May 2013 15: 14
      Quote: Chen
      It doesn’t hurt me ”,“ Gruz-200 ”,“ Morphine ”,“ Stoker ”- one of those films that left a grave impression. It seems to me that it is necessary to put an age-related qualification of 25 years on such works of art, no less.

      lousiest necrophilic movie, and everyone is enthusiastic here and regret his departure
  19. waisson
    waisson 21 May 2013 19: 25
    With his merciless scalpel, Balabanov opened one by one all modern Russian mythologies: he exposed the sixties myth of the revolution in Morphia and the myth of the USSR in Gruz-200. He ridiculed the myth of the "dashing nineties", instead of romanticizing in the spirit of the "Brigade" and "Boomer" in tarantino manner by parodying them in "Zhmurki" and "Kochegar", and the myth of the West - in "Brother-2" and "War".
  20. Hleb
    Hleb 21 May 2013 21: 11
    If anyone is interested. The film "War" was filmed not in Chechnya, but the plot itself and the place of events were not chosen from the ceiling. Here is the real tower that served as a "prototype" in the film. From where they then dumped on rafts
  21. Aleks tv
    Aleks tv 21 May 2013 21: 56
    Balabanov died ...

    War, Brother-1, Brother-2.

    Not many people shoot like that. At least some echo of what you need to watch.

    Sincerely SORRY. Condolences to the close ...
  22. Seraph
    Seraph 22 May 2013 00: 47
    Balabanov watched all the films and not once. Hard, sad, sparkling, real films about life and about us. As Nesterov, Levitan, Kuindzhi differ from wall newspaper designers, Balabanov is different from most modern directors. To make such a movie for pennies, you must be an artist with a capital letter. And special thanks for the PTS. While he was alive, every appearance of the screensaver of this film studio promised unforgettable experiences.
  23. Nickanor
    Nickanor 22 May 2013 10: 25
    RIP Eternal memory!
    He was a great director, brilliant!
  24. Gahprom
    Gahprom 24 May 2013 15: 12
    after the "load 200", he did not die for me, he stank, and rotten alive,
    so smear the memory of Afghanistan ....
    In 1981-1983 he served as a biennial officer in the Soviet Army (in military transport aviation), flew to Africa and Asia. This experience was later reflected in the painting “Cargo 200”. Member of the war in Afghanistan.
    I am glad that he will not remove anything else.

    ps. although for "Brother" respect to him
  25. smershspy
    smershspy 28 May 2013 16: 32
    Gentlemen! We grieve! He was a very talented director! His films: "BROTHER", "BROTHER2" and .... I can watch again and again! Talent! I have the honor!
  26. shura.mekishin
    shura.mekishin 13 June 2013 09: 34
    He was a good man and his films are great! We will always remember you!