Film walk with Sergey Bodrov to the filming locations of the film "Brother"
Categories: CinemaBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/article/film-walk-with-sergey-bodrov-to-the-filming-locations-of-the-film-brother1.html
On December 27, 1971, in Moscow, in the family of the famous director Sergei Bodrov Sr. and Valentina Bodrova, a son was born, a future actor, director, TV presenter and screenwriter Sergei Bodrov.
skydrinker writes: "I remember a long time ago, the film "Brother" by Alexey Balabanov with Sergey Bodrov and Viktor Sukhorukov in the main roles was very often shown on television. At that time I had never been to St. Petersburg and perceived the city solely by that picture from the movie. Autumn, light sepia film ... a kind of Black dog Petersburg, painted in gray shades of despair, Russian noir. I won't talk about whether it was a good movie or a bad one in terms of the plot, I was terribly interested in the atmosphere of the film and the city itself. I wanted to touch these walls with my hands, feel the cold wind from the Neva, walk through those places. In general, the main character of the picture for me was not Danila Bagrov, but Peter himself. I don't know, there is some kind of strange, incomprehensible romance in this."
(38 photos in total)
At the very beginning of the film, Danila Bagrov comes from a small provincial town to St. Petersburg, to his older brother. He walks around the center, admires the local beauties and periodically tries to call the hero Viktor Sukhorukov. The first picture shows the embankment of the Griboyedov Canal and the Kazan Cathedral.
The embankment of the Griboyedov Canal, opposite the Kazan Cathedral.
Here, our character is walking along Millionnaya Street, crossing the Winter Groove near the Hermitage.
And this is a modern look.
The walk continues along the Moika River embankment next to the Pushkin Museum-apartment.
Judging by some cars on the embankment, the time has not changed much.
Then Danila goes towards St. Isaac's Cathedral.
The bars remained the same.
At the Bronze Horseman, the main character, apparently, got a little lost — he looks around in surprise, as if he doesn't know where to go next.
The Horseman in the fall of 2011…
Tired of the search and thoroughly frozen, Danila sits down on a stone bench near the Trinity Bridge…
By the way, I always thought that this place was on the side of the Palace Embankment — but it turned out that the same bench is located on the Petrograd side. It turns out that the hero moved to the other side of the Neva.
Not finding his brother, Danila spends the night in the attic of one of the houses, and the next morning he meets a German selling at the Andreevsky market on Vasilievsky Island. Unfortunately, the market has been completely rebuilt, so I could not find the exact angle. We skip these episodes — the German leads the hero to the Smolensk Lutheran cemetery to "visit" himself.
The bridge over the Smolenka River and those very turrets on the house.
In the "gazebo" there are the same homeless people as the German himself.
I didn't find the gazebo right away. From the entrance it is on the right side in the thicket, you have to walk 100-200 meters. Despite the fact that the cemetery was restored this fall, there is still devastation. And the gazebo itself is also visited by someone - there are bottles / cans inside.
In general, half of the film was shot on Vasilievsky Island. Here Danila Bagrov puts in the place of Caucasians who do not want to pay for tram fare. The scene itself takes place at the intersection of Maly Prospekt V.O. and the 8th line.
The tram tracks have been dismantled now, but the church is still standing in the background.
We are transported across the entire center to 8 Kirochnaya Street. Danila is trying to find a Nautilus disc and goes to music stores. At one time there was a club here in the basement, owned by Oleg Garkusha from Auctioneer.
Now the place of informal youth gatherings is almost unrecognizable — a tile, a lawn. However, the store still seems to be operating.
So, Danila still finds his brother, who gives him money to rent a room. The hero looks at various options, and one of the apartment options returns him to Vasilievsky Island again.
This place is located on the Novosmolenskaya embankment, very close to the Gulf of Finland. By the way, he appears in the film several times — later in the scene of an assassination attempt on the character of Sergei Bodrov.
Having found a place to live, Danila receives an order from his brother to kill a Chechen who holds a market. The hero thoroughly prepares for the event, studies the places of departure from the crime scene, puts on inconspicuous clothes.
I had to look for a place pretty much! Analyzing the subsequent scenes with the tram, I thought of the Andreevsky and Sytny markets, as well as the Apraksin Yard. And it turned out to be quite close by — on the Hay. In the 2000s, it was completely rebuilt. A shopping complex and covered shops appeared on the site of the spontaneous bazaar. The wild market itself has shifted into the depths of the quarter. However, I still found the angle — through the firewall of the house number 4 on Moskovsky Prospekt.
After shooting a Chechen, Danila runs away from his pursuers through a passageway-a well.
The biggest blunder in the movie is connected with this yard, which I did find. The market is located on one bank of the Neva River, and the yard is on the other, on Vasilievsky Island! There are almost 3 km between them on the map.
The bandits run into the same yard and wound Danila with a pistol.
Yes, the yard itself is located between Tuchkov and Volkhovsky lanes.
One more movement in space — and the wounded hero runs out of the courtyard onto Bolshaya Raznochinnaya Street, located on the Petrogradskaya side. Here he jumps on a tram going to the park.
Now here is some kind of terribly busy place, if you compare it with the frames of the movie. You can orient yourself, perhaps, only by the yellow-red building and the tree.
After recovering from the wound, the hero starts an affair with a girl who is the driver of this tram.
The freight tram in the previous frame was traveling along the embankment of Lieutenant Schmidt. The rails are currently dismantled.
The tram moves to the other side across the Blagoveshchensky Bridge. In the background is the dome of St. Isaac.
Having finally dealt with all the bandits, Danila Bagrov again comes to the Smolensk cemetery to say goodbye to the German.
In the film, the characters are sitting on a bench before saying goodbye, and the background is the heartbreaking melody of "Nautilus" — "The Beast". The shop did not reach us, only the cemetery fence remained.
At the end of the film, Bagrov says goodbye to the city, standing at the very edge of the water opposite the arrow of Vasilievsky Island.
This is the end of my film journey based on one of the most atmospheric St. Petersburg films.