Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

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

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

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 It took 10 years to accomplish the novel that was withdrawn from the author by KGB officials when ready.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

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.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

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.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

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

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

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

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

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

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The driver.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Talking to the director.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Installation of a radio transmitter.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The weather was warm and it was too hot inside the tank. How could one managed to stay there during a real fight?

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The commander.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Applying more mud with the help of a groom.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The tanker.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Having a rest.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Other actors.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Let’s see what weapons are available.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

MP 40 is now associated with weapons used by soldiers of the German army though in fact it was seldom applied during the World War II.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The grenades. The famous hard grenade is above the others.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

T-34 or as it was often said that time ‘the best tank of the world’

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

It is often written in official documents that dense smoke is left behind the tank. In reality the smoke left  was even too dense. Can you now imagine what happened when 1500 tanks confronted in the same field? How did soldiers know where to shoot and go?

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

It’s difficult to get the old car going and it stops from time to time.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The tanks still look very impressive.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The ground seemed to thrill when it came nearby.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Over 84000 of T-34 tanks were made during the World War II.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The place where the movie was shot.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The colonel meets the tanks and renders a salute.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The most complicated part is to reach the spot in time set by the movie director and cover the established distance.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The production team spent the whole day in attempts to make synchronous actions.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The actors.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Director of photography. He has been participating in movie shooting since 1960.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

A few pictures of dead pans.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Equipment used.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The director is following the events through a monitor located in the trailer. He doesn’t have to visit the film set.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The car.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The tanks.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

The requisites.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Mobile phones reveal the epoch.

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel

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13 thoughts on “Shooting A Soviet Classic Novel”

  1. “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. “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

    • 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.

    • 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?

  3. 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.

    Thanks

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