Mark Zakharov could have lost his profession, but he was saved by the widow of Alexander Fadeev

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Mark Zakharov could have lost his profession, but he was saved by the widow of Alexander Fadeev
Mark Zakharov could have lost his profession, but he was saved by the widow of Alexander Fadeev
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The artistic director of the Lenkom Theater could have lost his profession in his youth due to the ban of officials.

“He came in galoshes”: how the main ideologist of the USSR decided the fate of Mark Zakharov
“He came in galoshes”: how the main ideologist of the USSR decided the fate of Mark Zakharov

Mark Zakharov fell in love with the audience for the films "The Same Munchausen", "An Ordinary Miracle", "Formula of Love", "12 Chairs", "The House That Swift Built", Kill the Dragon has been loved by audiences for over 30 years. Since 1973, the director directed the Moscow theater "Lenkom", and his play "Juno and Avos" became famous all over the world. However, in the late sixties, Zakharov's career was in jeopardy - the authorities could deprive him of his profession after the ban on the third staged performance.

In 1967, Mark Anatolyevich released a production of "Profitable Place" based on Ostrovsky's play, which was removed from the show after 40 performances. The comedy "Banquet" suffered the same fate. In his autobiographical book "Superprofession" Zakharov told how he fought for the fate of the third performance - "Rout" based on the novel by Alexander Fadeev, the ban of which would put an end to his career as a director. The director of the Mayakovsky Theater, where the performance was staged, hid problems with the party authorities from Mark Anatolyevich to the last, but the conflict reached the level of top management.

Zakharov learned from the director of the Mayakovsky Theater that the authorities almost immediately decided to ban "Rout". The widow of Alexander Fadeev, actress of the Moscow Art Theater Angelina Stepanova, contacted the main ideologist of the CPSU Mikhail Suslov by direct telephone (“turntable”) and shared with him her concern about the “ban on Fadeev”. She did not mention the name of the young director, realizing that this would only aggravate the situation. Suslov promised Stepanova to look into it personally and came to the theater for the next performance.

“Not suspecting that my fate was being decided, I was very frivolous, because I was most interested in the fact that Mikhail Andreevich was wearing galoshes,” Zakharov recalled. “At that time, normal people had not worn galoshes for a long time, and I was attacked by an attack of untimely fun. Now I wonder how I, a fool, did not understand that after the ban on the third performance in a row, my directorial fate would have gone downhill. Why I didn’t worry then, but began to be horrified a few months later, I can’t imagine.”

Films directed by Mark Zakharov

To the director's relief, Mikhail Suslov at the end of the performance stood in the box from where he watched the performance and began to applaud. In the morning, the central newspaper Pravda published an article talking about the "great ideological and political success of the theater and the mature direction of Mark Zakharov." The performance "Rout" was on the stage of the Mayakovsky Theater for many years - before the creation of "Juno and Avos" it received the largest number of positive reviews compared to other productions by Zakharov.

The director also recalled a funny incident related to foreign tours, which showed "Mayhem". In Romania, the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who attended the performance, laid his hand on the shoulder of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan and said with undisguised excitement: “Yes. It's hard for us commanders." Mark Zakharov noted with irony: “When you put on a performance that Suslov and Ceausescu like at the same time, you experience complex feelings over time. But what to do? "Mayhem" was really choreographed and played well, emotionally, inventively.”

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