The first Soviet film adaptation of "12 chairs" with Freundlich and boyarBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/article/the-first-soviet-film-adaptation-of-12-chairs-with-freundlich-and-boyar.html
Hayday or Zakharov, Gomiashvili and Mironov, Filippov or Papanov — disputes about what the Soviet film adaptation of "the Twelve chairs" is the best, do not cease to this day. No wonder, because these films turned out completely different. Created by our great Directors in the 70-ies of the last century with the difference in five years, both paintings have become classics of cinema.
Now all the modern incarnation of the novel by Ilf and Petrov involuntarily compares with "hideshi" and "zakharovskiy" versions.
However, they were not the first in our country, as well as the Soviet film adaptation, oddly enough, was not the first in the world. The novel was published in 1928 and quickly became popular in many countries.
Famous and quite exotic Brazilian and Cuban films, and even an unexpected version, which was released in Nazi Germany in 1938. They all happened before, and we'll talk about the first Soviet film adaptation of "the Twelve chairs", written for the Leningrad television in 1966. There appeared exclusively as a theatre of this city, and famous movie stars.
Nicholas Boyarsky, the uncle of all of the famous D'artagnan, played in this production Pussycat Vorobyaninov. Unlike Ostap, this image like most of those who watched the drama. There is a suspicion that his followers Sergey Filippov and Anatoly Papanov was inspired by the boyar to work on their films.
Two years later, in the film adaptation of another novel by Ilf and Petrov "the Golden calf"played by Nicholas Adam Kozlevich. Bender was there already, Sergei Jurassic.
Of course, the Leningrad production could not do without the stars of the local scene of Alisa Freundlich. In 1966, she was 32 years old, four years earlier she moved to the Theater of the Lenin Komsomol (Lenk), where she met her second husband, Igor Vladimirov, with whom she was not only personal, but very long and fruitful creative relationship.
The game young Alisa Brunovna in this unexpected role can be viewed on 18 minutes. Unfortunately, the quality of the extant records are not the best, established for black-and-white television of the 60s. Perhaps this is one reason for the unpopularity of this film adaptation in our country.
Another star Leningrad scenes, a great comedienne glikeriya Bogdanova-Chesnokova played in this drama a small role Helen bour, old love Kisa Vorobyaninov. Interestingly, five years later, it will appear with the same character in the film by Leonid Gaidai.
Bogdanova-Chesnokova was a big woman, colorful with a stunning voice — the real Queen of the episode. In the movie she got a very distinctive characters. Sorry not so often she appeared on screen, as many would like.