Larisa

Synopsis: A loving film tribute to Russian filmmaker Larisa Shepitko, who died tragically in a car accident in 1979 at the age of 40. This documentary by her husband, Elem Klimov, includes excerpts ...
Genre: Biography, Short
 
IMDB:
7.9
Year:
1980
25 min
11 Views

MOSFILM:

LARISSA:

The film director Larissa Shepitko

died at the 187th kilometer

of the Leningradsky Highway

in a car accident.

She died together

with her colleagues:

the cinematographer Volodya Chukhnov,

the production designer Yura Fomenko

and three more members

of the filming crew.

They just began

shooting a film

based on Valentin Rasputin's book,

"Farewell to Matyora".

Larissa had been dreaming of this work,

as though preparing herself for it

all her life.

And that film was going

to become the climax

of her creative career.

Larissa Yefimovna had chosen me

to play the part of Darya

in her last film,

"Matyora".

To me, meeting her

was like a miracle.

And I'm certainly happy

to have been so close

to that miracle.

Camera!

Darya, what's the matter?

What will happen to us? What?

Where am I going from you? Why?

I pity Yegor so much.

Rolling.

Panorama.

Stop!

Action!

Stop!

Guilt without guilt is guilt, too.

That's why it's hard for me

to speak about Larissa.

Work on my novella

"Farewell to Matyora"

proved, as you know, for Larissa and

her friends to be their last work.

I remember the first time

Larissa called me

during one of my visits to Moscow,

and tentatively told me

that she would like to film "Matyora".

I went to meet her,

having two goals in mind.

First, to have a look at

the film director Larissa Shepitko,

who had just amazed me

with her film "Ascent".

And, second, to try not

to give "Matyora" to be filmed.

I wanted to keep my novella

in its generic

genre of prose.

But Larissa managed

to convince me pretty soon.

She began telling me

how she saw her future film.

She spoke so enthusiastically,

she seemed so interested

that I forgot about

not wanting to give "Matyora" away.

It was her ardor,

enthusiasm and selflessness,

even at the starting stage

of work on the film,

that amazed me then.

I was persuaded by our spiritual

affinity,

which I had

never doubted since.

I was persuaded by her creative,

not formal,

artistic reading of the book.

That's how we reached our agreement.

And then

the work on the film began.

That's how the spirit of the flooded

Matyora had been raised,

if we use

the language of mysticism,

the spirit of Matyora, which,

not understanding

why, for what purpose

it had been disturbed,

then took from us

a too great

and irreplaceable sacrifice.

Mitya, are you all right?

Mitya!

Mitya!

"Wings" is a film about people

scorched by the war,

about the never-to-be-healed

wounds of memory,

about the insufferableness

of wingless existence.

I want to make a declaration of love.

Love is the only thing

that never dies.

As there is no death.

Perhaps for the first time

in my life I realized that...

that if a person is talented,

that person is immortal.

And to my last day

I'll be proud of the fact

that I acted

in Larissa Shepitko's films.

Remember how it was in

"The Great Waltz"?

I'm giving you my word

that there's nothing, there's no

frame in my film,

not a single one, that doesn't

come from me as a woman.

I've never engaged in copycatting,

never tried

to imitate men,

because I know very well that

all the efforts of my girlfriends,

both older and younger than me,

to imitate men's cinema

were just nonsensical,

because all this is secondary.

But I make a distinction

between ladies, and men's cinema.

There's no women's and men's cinema.

There's ladies, cinema and there's

men's cinema.

Men, too, can do

perfectly well

the ladies,

sentimental needlework.

But a woman, as one half

of the humankind origin,

can tell the world, reveal to the world

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Elem Klimov

Elem Germanovich Klimov (Russian: Эле́м Ге́рманович Кли́мов; 9 July 1933 – 26 October 2003) was a Soviet Russian film director. He studied at VGIK, and was married to film director Larisa Shepitko. Klimov is best known in the West for his final film, 1985's Come and See (Иди и смотри), which follows a teenage boy in German-occupied Belarus during the German-Soviet War and is often considered one of the greatest war films ever made. He also directed dark comedies, children's movies, and historical pictures. more…

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