13 Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Let’s go to the Russian woods and see how a movie is shot.

Life And Fate is an amazing novel created by a Soviet writer Vasily Grossman that criticizes Stalinism. The novel is accepted to be the best and most truthful piece of work about the World War II. It took 10 years to accomplish the novel that was withdrawn from the author by KGB officials when ready.

The author devoted the rest of his life to endless struggle for setting the masterpiece free. One copy that was managed to preserve in a magical way was published in Swiss in 1980. In Russia the novel saw the light in 1988. A Russian TV channel organized the shooting of a movie based on the novel called Life And Fate. The movie will describe the most dramatic event of the World War II – the Battle of Stalingrad.

The movie set embraced a dozen of cars left in the field with makeup rooms, and cameras. People in the picture are recording the background sounds.

The woman is applying mud to the clothes of an actor. It’s autumn and everything should look true to life.

Three tanks were available. They were also taken to the marsh to get some dirt and look natural.

How does the tank differ from the one used in 1942?

The driver.

Talking to the director.


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13 Responses to “Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel”

  1. geoff says:

    “How does the tank differ from the one used in 1942 ?”

    I give up, what, this one is 70 years old (and still goes!). What is the difference ?

  2. Snatch22 says:

    The jeep needs a matching set of military non directional tires.

  3. JCR says:

    “How does the tank differ from the one used in 1942 ?”
    Well all three are T-34/85s which were only used starting in late 1943
    But 1941/42 model T-34s are very rare

    • Yakov says:

      Sorry, but you are mistaken. All three tanks have 76mm guns. These are not T-35/85s.

    • OldBikr says:

      The T34/85 turret casting was different so to accommodate the larger weapon. There is an original early model T-34 in a collection in the state of Virginia in the US. There are T-34 tanks all over the place, in various private hands now.

  4. Merkava says:

    THIS mutant has a turret from T-34/85, post-war production road wheels and a 76mm gun from T-34/76

    • Boritz says:

      Merkava, you are correct! I was mistaken. Although tank 118 has a 76mm gun, it technically is a t-34/85, as the hull and turret must be from t-34/85.
      Perhaps they are trying to disguise this fact with all the “cargo” tied to the deck. What would be purpose of tying the tarpaulin to the turret, unless to hide the rear of the turret?

  5. SMERSH says:

    Well, at least they found an M38 instead of the far more common M44.

  6. CZenda says:

    Looks like another extremely low-cost production similar to “Shtrafbat”.

  7. mark burman says:

    Can anyone tell me who is adapting life and Fate for Russian TV? Who is the writer, who is the director? How long is it intended to be.


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