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"A Cruel Romance" The film was shot by Eldar Ryazanov in 1984, based on the play by Alexander Ostrovsky "Bride".
Eldar Ryazanov conceived adaptation of Ostrovsky's play "Without a Dowry" after its application scenic drama "Dear Elena," went on the shelf. He immediately knew that the film would be under a different name, as a "Bride" has appeared on the screens in 1936, and the director does not like comparisons. Ryazanov was a big fan of songs and decided to use them not only in music, but also in the name of the future film. At first, he planned to use the old Russian romances, but after reading Tsvetaeva and Akhmadulina, I realized that it is necessary to use these verses. Romance "Shaggy bumblebee" - translation of the poem "Gypsy trail" by Rudyard Kipling, and the words to the song "I'm like a butterfly to the fire ..." Eldar Ryazanov wrote himself.
To record songs music editor of "Mosfilm" I suggested inviting gypsy Valentina Ponomareva. She was a jazz singer and sing songs with serious, complex texts it was unusual, even at first she refused, but the director was able to persuade her. The singer came to the recording studio with a high temperature, so as not to let down the audience and the musicians just one day escape from the Leningrad composer Andrei Petrov. When the film was released, the singer did not see his name in the credits. Eldar Ryazanov did not mention it not because of some personal reasons, then it simply was not necessary. Valentina Ponomareva strongly offended by the director and with him a long time did not communicate, and the audience were convinced that the songs she performed herself Larissa Guzeeva.
During the filming of a scene from Karandyshev, catch-up ship by boat, almost suffered Andrew gently. He sat with his back forward and noticed that swam too close to the propeller. One of the blades hit the boat, and she capsized. The actor disappeared under the water before the crew had time to do something. Myagkova beginning to tighten under the wheel of the ship, however, the actor miraculously managed to swim out of the funnel. As a result, he escaped with just not serious wound on his arm.
Nikita Mikhalkov accustomed to the image of the racket master Paratov and arranged regular banquets throughout the film crew, and once even got a license, went hunting in the forest Kostroma and then treated all bear meat. Once the locals even called the police to pacify the people walking in the night of actors, but came outfit was so impressed feast with Nikita Mikhalkov, Alexander Pankratov-Cherny, Alisa Freundlich, George Burkov and other stars of the Soviet cinema, that the police asked for permission to sit in their company.
When the "Cruel Romance" was released on the director struck criticism from literary and theatrical circles. He was accused of vulgarization of the play and mockery of the classics, comparing Larissa Ogudalova Madame Bovary, Paratov called "sensitive Superman", which is clearly not the director criticizes Larissa Guzeeva - helpless actress. Almost the only person from the theater environment, praised adaptation was Nina Alisova - who plays Larissa Ogudalovoy in the first film adaptation of "Bride". And especially was merciless authoritative film critic Evgeny Danilovich Surkov. Ryazanov avenged his directorial style - in the next film, "Forgotten Melody for Flute" negative character named Eugene Danilovna severe. The audience is "Cruel Romance" was received with enthusiasm, and, not only in the USSR, but also abroad, and in 1984 he became a film of the year in a poll of the magazine "Soviet Screen".