32 unexpected facts about how the movie "Diamond Hand" was shot
April 28, 1969, the premiere of one of the most popular films directed by Leonid Gaidai in the history of Soviet cinema - "The Diamond Hand".
We all love this wonderful film, a good half of the phrases from which it has passed into the category of “folk”. Sparkling humor, subtle irony of the director - the picture firmly won a place in the heart of everyone who has ever looked at it. But did you know that the film could have been completely different?
The idea of this scenario occurred to the authors after reading a series of articles by journalist A. Sakhnin in the Pravda newspaper devoted to the fight against smugglers. In one of the notes mentioned the original method of transporting valuables - in a cast.
According to the script, the plot of the film was supposed to be this: a simple Soviet man, Semyon Pavlik (later he would become Timoshkin and just before the film’s release, Gorbunkov), going on a foreign tour, was in the center of smuggling fraud.In general, the script was approved, but comments were also made: it was recommended to reduce the scenes with the participation of the housewife Ivy, to make the role of the police more (convex), to reduce the trio of smugglers to two people, removing the Kid.
The main role of Gorbunkov was written exclusively under Nikulin. In Soyuztsirka, Nikulin was given a half-year leave, which had never been done before.
The “foreign” part was filmed in Uzbekistan, and the “Gorbunkov town” was in the Crimea.
Initially, the film was supposed to be called “Smugglers” and the ending was supposed to be different - more lyrical. Namely:
The whole family of Gorbunkovs in new clothes comes out of the entrance, now Semen Semyonovich with two hands plastered, but he looks happy. Children go ahead, and Nadezhda takes her husband's arm and, blushing, quietly says: “Senya, I wanted to tell you ... We will have a child!”
The following remarks were also removed: “As the chief says, the main thing in our business is socialist realism” and “The party and the government were left for the second year”. The reason is political.
In the monologue of the housewife Ivy, “I wouldn’t be surprised if your husband secretly visits his mistress!” The word “synagogue” was originally intended instead of “mistress”.
In the director's script, it’s not the wife who wakes up the drunk Seeds with an alarm clock, but the picture falls on him and hangs on his neck. The idea to use the alarm clock arose after a series of unsuccessful duplicates - the picture was not hung on Nikulin's neck “beautifully”.
"Song about hares" in the first screen test performed on the ship. Just before the release of the film, it was replaced with “The Island of Bad Luck”, and “The Song about Hares” migrated to the restaurant - “dilute pathos”.
Remember the scene where Mironov gives a kick to a boy walking along the water, who bent down behind a fishing pole? This role was performed by the son of Nikulin. This scene did not work out for a long time - the boy fell into the water before Mironov managed to wipe his foot, so Gaidai assured the boy that Mironov would simply pass by.
The reassured Maxim leaned over the fishing rod, and the treacherous director whispered to Mironov: “Do your best!” The double succeeded, and the Nikulinsky offspring and the current general director and circus artistic director on Tsvetnoy Boulevard were seriously offended by “Uncle Andrey”. The episode hit the movie, and the sound is cut out.
They both played this scene so naturally that “Save! Help! Mummy-aa! ”The real boat with lifeguards rushed in!
The song “Volcano of Passions” was performed not by Svetlana Svetlichnaya, but by Aida Vedischeva, who also sang in the “Caucasian Captive”. Svetlichnaya was very offended by Gaidai for not letting her sing. She was interested in Nina Grebeshkova: “Why didn’t Gaidai let her sing her voice?” Meanwhile, in the film Svetlichnaya she speaks not with her voice, but with Zoya Tolbuzina’s voice. The only phrase that Svetlichnaya said herself: "I am not guilty! .."
Almost all the songs for films Gaidai came up with the composer Alexander Zatsepin. “The island of bad luck” didn’t like the artistic council so much that they thought of throwing it into the basket, but on trial it sang the song so brilliantly Mironov that Gaidai insisted on being included in the film.
The scene of the fall at the pharmacy at Mironov turned out from the first double, but Nikulin could not fall as it should. Initially, a banana peel was assumed, then it was replaced with a watermelon rind. The replacement did not help, and as a result, instead of Nikulin, Leonid Kanevsky fell. The scene was shot in Baku.
The terrible abracadabra, which the smuggler, the hero of Kanevsky, curses, is none other than the encrypted message of his then-beloved, who later became his wife. If you listen, you can make out how he repeats “Berezina Kumanit” several times.Berezina is the last name of Kanevsky's wife.
Of all the actresses who tried to play the role of a housewife Ivy, Gaidai liked the least ... Nonna Mordyukova. In addition, she was not friendly with Andrei Mironov, considering him a "mama's son." Mironov reciprocated her. If Nonna was saying the phrase incorrectly at the shooting, Mironov immediately corrected it.
Remember when underwater shooting with papanova pulled underwear? This scene was filmed with an understudy. During the filming had to go on different tricks. For example, at that time there were no movie cameras capable of shooting underwater, therefore, to protect the equipment from water, a certain Mosfilm craftsman fashioned a special box of resin. And part of the underwater episodes were filmed using a layout: they made a human figure, and the operators of the combined filming were messing with it in a puddle.
In the episode, where Gorbunkov's son throws ice cream at Mironov, in fact, cottage cheese was used (he better “blundered”), and not the boy, but the assistant director. The educated Soviet child lacked the courage to naturally “foul” cottage cheese into a famous actor.
One of the funniest episodes, when a hefty fellow asks: "Dad,there is no smoke? ”- a horrified Gorbunkov (“ Are you deaf and dumb? ”-“ Yes! ”) was filmed in an underground passage on Leninsky Prospekt in Moscow, previously there was a toilet.
The correspondent of Smena magazine L. Pleshakov acted as a fellow, who agreed to temporarily change his profession for the sake of an interview with Nikulin, who was extremely popular at that time. This short episode was shot 4 hours! Gaidai approved Pleshakov for the role after he showed him his hairy chest.
The ship was named Gaidai "Mikhail Svetlov" because of his great love for the poet's work. The “Victory” motor ship arrived at the port, Gaidai persuaded the captain to rename the ship for one day, and even rescue teams were rewritten. As a result, all the scenes on the ship were filmed on the same day! The film was released on the screens. The head of the navy, having learned that “Mikhail Svetlov” was not listed in his department, ordered to correct the omission, and the very first new ship launched, was named after the poet.
During the filming of the film was a rumor that Nikulin died. In fact, a worker at the Horizon Hotel found Nikulin’s body covered with a sheet in the basement.In horror, she did not look at, but in fact it was a model made for the shooting of the episode, when Gorbunkov falls out of the helicopter.
A lot of scenery was used in the film: a whole “Sandy Island” was erected near the village of Ata near Tuapse!
While fishing, Lelik (Papanov) says “Idiot!” However, this phrase is not addressed to Geshe, but to someone from the film crew who delayed shooting - the water was ice.
In the film, the wife of Gorbunkov often repeats to her husband: “You are so gullible!” In the script, these words were not there, but in real life Nina Grebeshkova often repeated this to her husband, L. Gaidai, and he put her usual words into the mouth of the heroine.
An episode where police take a singing drunkard away was voiced by Gaidai himself.
In the final of the film, an episode where the crane lowers Nikulin into a ZIS-110 car, after which Nikulin beats his head with a hook, was not planned. Nikulin hit for real, and this particular episode entered the film.
In the same final episode, Nikulin lifts an orange boom of a crane from a boat, and lowers it in a green car.
When Kozodoyev arrives at the base, where Gorbunkov should have taken off the plaster “without noise and dust,” he is wearing women's clothes — a skirt.But inside the base he is already in his pants and shirt.
Remember? “Children - ice cream, women - flowers!” Mironov's hero comes up to the table, holding a popsicle in his hand on a stick, and after a few seconds it turns into ice cream balls in vases. Miracle!
In the same scene, Kozodoev gives Gorbunkov's wife two roses.
At the end of the first part at the maintenance station, Papanov and Mironov clamp Nikulin from two sides in a viewing pit, he clearly has no way out. The second series begins with the fact that Nikulin is already outside the pit.
In the scene where Kozodoev is trying to stun Nikulin with a stone, he gets a white stone from his bag, and swings it gray!
Pegasus in the store (“Do you have the same, but without wings?”) Was also shot in the movie “Office Romance”, under the weight of the hero A. Myagkov languished in the episode with the “horse”, and then in the interior of the composer’s apartment comedy "Shirley Myrli". This horse is still kept in the requisite department of Mosfilm.