"The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed" is one of the most popular Soviet television films. It was filmed in 1978-1979. directed by Stanislav Govorukhin based on the Weiner brothers' novel "The Era of Mercy". Interestingly, they presented one of the copies of their book to Vladimir Vysotsky, who later played the role of Gleb Zheglov, a police captain, head of the anti-bandit department, in the film.
12 Interesting Facts About The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed
- The role went to Vysotsky, even though outwardly he little resembled the hero of the work of the Weiners. In their novel, Zheglov is only 25-26 years old, and the actor Vysotsky was already 40 by the beginning of filming. In the book, Zheglov was a tall athlete, but Vladimir Semenovich was much shorter - only 170 centimeters. Nevertheless, the role of the operative Zheglov was, undoubtedly, the best in Vysotsky's acting career.
- But it was not immediately possible to find an actor for the role of Vladimir Sharapov. E. Evgeny-Gladyshev, S. Nikonenko, A. Kurepov, Yu. Shlykov, S. Sadalsky and others took part in the tests. Vysotsky assured that the best candidate is I. Bortnik, and the director himself planned to shoot Sergei Ivanov in the role of Sharapov. As a result, the young actor Vladimir Konkin was approved, although it seemed to many that he was too young and intelligent, and bears little resemblance to a scout who had gone through the war.
- Almost all the films in which Vysotsky starred, his songs sound. But in the film "The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed" they were not there, despite the desire of Vysotsky himself. He persuaded Govorukhin for a long time, but never received permission. As a result, Vysotsky performed only a small excerpt from Alexander Vertinsky's romance "The Lilac Negro".
- The Black Cat gang was not a Weiner fiction. After the war, a gang led by Ivan Mitin really operated in Krasnogorsk near Moscow. It included 12 criminals, moreover, 8 of them worked at a defense plant, and two were cadets of a military school. On the account of the bandits there were 28 robberies, as a result of which 11 people were killed. The criminal group was liquidated only in February 1953.
- In the midst of filming, Stanislav Govorukhin had to go to a film festival in Berlin. Vysotsky replaced him for a week. Some of the footage was included in the film, but some episodes of Govorukhin, returning from the GDR, considered unsuccessful. The actors and members of the film crew complained that Vysotsky had tortured them during these days, forcing them to work "for wear and tear."
- In the film, Gleb Zheglov had to play billiards with the thief Smoked. But neither Vysotsky nor Kuravlev owned the cue so masterly that they could play experienced billiard players. I had to seek help from a master from Odessa, Vladimir Ivanov. The actors only hit the balls, and then did the editing: they flew into the pockets after Ivanov's blows.
- Understudies have had to replace actors on more than one occasion. Moreover, not only during the performance of complex tricks. For example, it turned out that Vladimir Konkin does not play the piano. Therefore, "Murka" and "Chopin's Second Etude" were performed by the music editor Galina Burimenko. To do this, she had to make up her hands.
- 7 episodes of the film were originally filmed. But, the State Television and Radio Company demanded to cut it to 5. I had to cut out a lot of episodes. For example, at the beginning of the film, the scout Levchenko, who became a bandit after the war, carries on himself the wounded commander, Sharapov. These shots were not included in the film, despite the fact that several takes were filmed, and Viktor Pavlov, who played the role of Levchenko, earned himself pneumonia after a long stay in icy water.
- The filming took place in Moscow and Odessa. While the film crew was in the south, Vysotsky had to regularly fly to Moscow and back in order to still have time to play in the theater. Make-up artists literally had to turn Zheglov into Hamlet on the go. After the performance, Vysotsky took the next flight to Odessa.
- In the novel "The Era of Mercy", Varya, Sharapov's beloved, dies. And in the script of the film "The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed" is also the former brother-soldier Sharapova Levchenko. To make the ending of the film less tragic, it was decided that only Levchenko would die, and Varya remained alive.
- Attentive viewers may have noticed a lot of "blunders" in the picture. For example, pickpocket Brick "stole" a wallet from one woman, and a completely different woman comes to the police station, albeit in the same dress. And in the scenes of the chase after Fox on the rooftops, you can see television antennas, which were simply not there in the forties.
- Despite its immense popularity in the country, "The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed" has not been spoiled for high cinematic awards. For example, the USSR State Prize to Vladimir Vysotsky for this film was awarded only posthumously - in 1987. Although the actor himself died seven years before this event.