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We recall Isidor Annensky’s film and its main decoration – the legendary festival that changed the life of Soviet people.
Exactly 64 years ago, on the same summer day as today, all of Moscow was filled with joyful anticipation. On July 28, 1957, the VI World Festival of Youth and Students began, which brought together 34 thousand guests from 131 countries. For Muscovites, the festival opened the iron curtain, allowed them to communicate with foreign guests and feel the spirit of freedom they brought. Subsequently, Soviet youth began to dress differently, sneakers and jeans came into fashion, and also rock music.
Left the festival and something more essential than fashion. For example, the Druzhba park, created specially for its opening, the Chaika swimming pool, the Ukraina and Tourist hotels, built to receive guests. Mira Avenue in Moscow got its name precisely in honor of the festival, as well as Festivalnaya Street, located in the north of the capital.
The festival also became the scene of several films, including “Girl with a Guitar”, “Chain Reaction”, “Sailor from the” Comet “”. The last one, the musical comedy by Isidor Annensky, is perhaps of the greatest interest – the tape was almost entirely filmed during the days of the festival.
We meet the heroes of the film “Sailor from“ Comet ”” not in Moscow, but in a small southern seaside town. The touching Sergei Chaikin (Gleb Romanov) is a sailor on the Kometa tug, but at heart he is a musician: he plays the button accordion and sings beautifully. The guy is hopelessly in love with Lenochka Shuvalova (Tatyana Bestayeva), a student, a beauty and an athlete. But he has a rival – the charming and persistent Vadim (Vladimir Soshalsky), the head of the local House of Seamen. All three will meet and sort things out in Moscow. First, Vadim and Lena go to the festival, followed by Sergei – the sailor is sent to replace the sick singer.
The film includes a lot of documentaries, vivid and incredibly spectacular. It is very interesting to watch them today. The procession of delegations at the newly built Luzhniki sports arena, the passage of buses and trucks crowded with delegates along the Garden Ring, evening carnivals and celebrations in Gorky Park, dances on Lily of the Valley Alley and, of course, performances by artists from different countries.
The chronicle included in the film captured the Moscow of those days, very special and unique. During the festival, the city turned into one huge art object: the streets were filled with colorful panels, volumetric structures, platforms with flowers and emblems. In honor of the holiday, a real carnival train passed through Moscow, consisting of 120 moving decorative installations, multi-colored buses and cargo platforms decorated with the symbols of the festival, flags of nations, colorful ribbons and fresh flowers.
The artists paid special attention to the design of the main centers of celebrations – VDNKh, the Dynamo stadium, the sports arena in Luzhniki, the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, squares and embankments of the capital. In the evening, the city played with new colors, the illumination was amazing. The Moskva River has also become an art space: not only the usual river trams floated along it, but also voluminous structures. By the way, some of them were included in Annensky’s tape.
The film has a separate line related to filming newsreels. Our hero gets into the shot of the unlucky (but very ambitious) cameraman Semyon Chubarchik (Joseph Kolin). On the plane on the way to Moscow, Chaikin helped a passenger with her little son. Soon, Lena will see colorful shots in which he hugs the baby and smiles at his mother, supplied with offscreen wishes of happiness to the Soviet family. Now the sailor will have to do the impossible to prove that he is single, has no children and loves only her.
A separate pleasure is to follow Chaikin’s adventures at the festival. He sometimes sings songs in the purest French, Spanish, English and German in order to pass for a member of a foreign delegation, then wears an impromptu sari to sneak into an evening to which only girls are invited.
At the end of the film – a whole performance performed by Chaikin and the ensemble of sailors. The hero will once again perform his signature song “My Black Sea”, which after this film became a super hit, and a medley of excerpts from songs in different languages. Among the spectators is Helen, who looks at the sailor already favorably, and we understand that everything will be fine with them.
The same sailor
In many ways, the film “Sailor from” Comet “” was so fond of the audience due to the fact that the main role was played by Gleb Romanov – an actor, dancer and singer who was at the peak of his popularity in the 1950s. By the way, he took part in the VI World Festival of Youth and Students not only on the screen, but in fact: the performance of the sailor Chaikin was filmed right during the festival.
Romanov studied at VGIK with Sergei Gerasimov, but the training was interrupted by the Great Patriotic War, which the future artist went through from start to finish as part of a military ensemble.
The young actor made his film debut in 1948 with his former mentor Gerasimov in Young Guard. Romanov played the commander Ivan Turkenich. The tape received the Stalin Prize and became the debut for almost three dozen young artists.
After that, Romanov starred in several more films, but switched his main attention to the stage. His calling card was foreign hits – Romanov sang songs in … 17 languages. Almost always he made a funny introduction to a foreign song in Russian, which helped to understand the meaning of the song for those who did not speak Italian or French.
Of course, the artist also performed songs in his native language, and the audience loved them no less. By the way, according to legend, it was the song “My Black Sea” that decided the fate of “Sailor from the Comet”. The song was written specially for the film by the composer Oskar Feltsman to the words of the poet Mikhail Matusovsky.
The one who was born by the sea, He fell in love forever White masts in the roads, In the haze of the sea city, The light of the lighthouse above the wave, Southern nights oblivion, The bluest in the world Black sea is mine, Black sea is mine!
After the release of the film, the State Committee for Cinematography wanted to remove the film from the repertoire, many members of the committee did not like it. At the next meeting, the opinion was expressed that the songs in the film are unsuccessful, people will not appreciate them. It was summer, the windows were open, and the building opposite was undergoing renovations. One of the committee members, director Ruben Simonov, suddenly said: “Listen to what the girls are singing in the woods.” And they sang just “The Black Sea is mine.” It was difficult to argue with such an argument.
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