Lead role: Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears filming locations online tour

October 22
Culture

Discover Moscow portal users can now take a virtual tour around the filming locations of the legendary film made by Vladimir Menshov, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. The route is easy to find via the website and mobile app.

“Thanks to the new online guide, users can now visit the set and find out fascinating details about the 1981 Oscar-winning film’s production without having to leave home. The first part of the film was a challenge for director Vladimir Menshov. According to the plot, he had to show Moscow in the 1950s and in the 1970s. During the virtual tour, users will discover what tricks the director resorted to, to recreate the right atmosphere,” said Sergei Shakryl, supervisor of IT projects in culture and business at Moscow’s Department of Information Technologies.

The virtual tour embraces ten locations, indicated on the interactive map. By clicking a location, users can find information about a place in Moscow and discover how it was used to film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears.

The online experience begins at Novoslobodskaya Metro, where go-getter Lyudmila Sviridova (played by Irina Muravyova) meets hockey player Sergei Gurin (Alexander Fatyushin). The station was designed by one of the most interesting architects of the Stalinist Empire period, Alexei Dushkin. The most striking design features he used are spectacular illuminated stained glass windows. It is interesting that the glass was actually taken from a Cathedral in Riga. Traffic started circulating around Novoslobodskaya in January 1952. This location was chosen by director Vladimir Menshov for a reason. The image immediately immersed the audience into the atmosphere of Moscow at that time.

Still from the film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Directed by Vladimir Menshov, 1979

Next, the virtual tour brings the user along to Tverskaya Street, which was then called Gorky Street, where the two friends, Lyudmila Sviridova and Katerina Tikhomirova (Vera Alentova), are taking an evening stroll.

Vladimir Menshov had to recreate in detail the windows of the 1950s Soviet shops on Tverskaya for the film.

Still from the film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Directed by Vladimir Menshov, 1979

The next stop is 1 Vosstaniya Square (now Kudrinskaya), where the two friends throw a supper party and pretend that they are the daughters of an important professor. The crew did not have to change the interior much to show the professor’s luxury flat. The high-rise on Vosstaniya Square was designed in 1954 by the architects Mikhail Posokhin and Ashot Mndoyants. The 24-storey Soviet Art Deco building, crowned with a 30-metre spire with a five-pointed star, was home to aviation industry workers as well as Communist party and Soviet nomenklatura members. However, some people living there were professors, athletes and member of academies. Like the legendary hockey player Nikolai Sologubov, world chess champion Vasily Smyslov, People's Artists of the USSR Elina Bystritskaya and Yevgeny Vesnik who also lived here.

Still from the film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Directed by Vladimir Menshov, 1979

The final destination is on Mosfilmovskaya Street, near the so-called General's houses. These brick blocks of flats, built in 1972, were intended for the Soviet elite, with large high-end extra-comfort accommodation. There are no more than 100 former General's houses in the centre of Moscow, and four of them are on Mosfilmovskaya. Katerina Tikhomirova lived in number 11, bloc 2, after she became the director of a large factory.

Still from the film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Directed by Vladimir Menshov, 1979

Discover Moscow is a joint project of Moscow’s Departments of Information Technology, Culture, Cultural Heritage, Education and Science. The interactive guide contains descriptions of over 2,000 buildings and structures, 645 landmarks, 324 museums, 363 areas (streets, parks, boulevards), 266 historical figures, 69 quests and 136 tour routes. Its users can walk around places captured in Soviet and Russian animated films, or take part in a cinema quest “Moscow in Soviet Comedies”, all without having to take one single step outside.

Source: mos.ru

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