Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

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Disputes about which of the two film adaptations of Ilf's novel and Petrov's "12 chairs" is better, they will probably never subside. Someone is closer to the 2-episode production of Leonid Gaidai, and someone is closer to the 4-episode TV version of Mark Zakharov. Someone considers Gomiashvili to be the best Bender, and someone does not recognize anyone other than Mironov.

Blogger Vitaly Dubogrei, aka dubikvit, suggested comparing the two versions and choosing the one that the audience especially liked.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Categorically comparing these two films is not entirely correct. Although they are based on the same novel, they are completely different. Different even by genre. Would you say that both that movie and the other are comedies? Yes. But comedies are also different.

Gaidai shot a classic eccentric comedy, which he was a great master at doing. The genre of Zakharov's TV version is very difficult to pinpoint. A musical is probably the closest definition. Zakharov himself called this film "a literary and musical composition with a text that is not a direct speech."

But since they are being compared anyway, let's compare.

Let's start with the Great Combinator.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Gaidai for the role of Ostap Bender, after a long trial, in which almost all male actors of the right age participated, was approved by Archila Gomiashvili. Zakharov took Andrey Mironov without any samples.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

In Gaidai, his role was played by Sergei Filippov. Zakharov has Anatoly Papanov.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Two brilliant works by Mikhail Pugovkin and Roland Bykov.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Yuri Nikulin vs. Nikolai Skorobogatov.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Grigory Shpigel and Oleg Tabakov.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Natalia Krachkovskaya and Lidia Fedoseeva-Shukshina.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Nikolai Gorlov and Savely Kramarov.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Viktor Pavlov and Natalia Varley vs. Viktor Proskurin and Tatiana Bozhok.

Ellochka is a cannibal.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Natalia Vorobyova and Elena Shanina.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Igor Yasulovich and Alexander Abdulov.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Savely Kramarov and Alexander Shirvindt.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Georgy Vitsin and Lev Borisov.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Vladimir Etush and Nina Grebeshkova vs. Mikhail Svetin and Galina Sokolova.

It should be noted that ten actors played in both versions (and two even played the same role).

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

The most notable are, of course, Georgy Vitsin, who played the fitter Mechnikov in Gaidai and the coffin maker Bezenchuk in Zakharov.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Savely Kramarov is Gaidai's one—eyed chess player and Zakharov's Polesov locksmith.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Grigory Shpigel is a blue thief Alhen at Gaidai and the editor of the newspaper "Machine" at Zakharov.

Choosing the best version of the film "12 chairs": Gaidai or Zakharov?

Yuri Medvedev is a theater—goer at the play "Columbus" at Gaidai and the chairman of the circulation commission on the ship at Zakharov.

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Keywords: Director | USSR | Films | Film adaptation

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