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Exhibition “Sholokhov’s Personages in Cinema”

26.04.2016

On April 28, “Sholokhov-Centre” of the Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov in Rostov-on-Don will begin a run of a big exhibition project “Sholokhov’s Personages in Cinema” dedicated to the birthday of the writer and the Year of Russian Cinema.

There are 19 screen versions on the works by M.A.Sholokhov. Each of them left its mark in history of cinema and in the hearts of the viewers. Many of the films entered “The Golden Fund” of Russian Cinema, they are known, seen and loved.

The exhibits of the biggest hall will tell about the four screen versions of the novel by M.A.Sholokhov “And Quiet Flows the Don”, which brought the Nobel Prize for the writer. The Museum exhibits shown refer directly to shooting the films; a part of the exhibits is a typology of objects belonging to that time. The stylized “shooting area” with an interactive banner will show the visitors a working process of “The Quiet Don” shooting by film director S.Gerasimov. In the showcases there are stage costumes presented to the Museum by the crew of the film director S.Ursulyak. The second hall tells about the history of the films after the writer’s early works and the novel “Virgin Soil Upturned”. There one can learn about the memoirs of A.Y.Vitol, a playwright and screenwriter, his letters to M.A.Sholokhov and objects of that time: a budyonnovka, a Mauser, a bayonet of the Civil War time, agricultural equipment and elements of clothes of the 1930s, the time of collectivization.

The materials about filming Sholokhov’s works devoted to the Great Patriotic War are displayed in the third exhibition hall. The film “The Fate of a Man” (film director S.Bondarchuk) made in 1959 after the title story by M.Sholokhov became “The Best Film of the Year” according to a poll of the magazine “Sovetsky Ekran” and was marked by a number of the international film festival awards.

In 1975, the film “They Fought for Their Country” (film director S.Bondarchuk) was first shown. It was also recognized to be “The Best Film of the Year” and was nominated for the main prize of the Cannes Film Festival “Golden Palm” and won a number of awards of the international film festivals. In the central showcase of this hall there is a cinema projector from the Palace of Culture of Vyoshenskaya, where in 1975, the premiere of the film “They Fought for Their Country” attended by M.A.Sholokhov was held. There are also shown the objects of the Great Patriotic War time: weapon, elements of the uniform, equipment and awards.

The fourth hall makes an atmosphere of the cinema theatre in Vyoshenskaya, where in 1963, the premiere of the film “When Cossacks Cry” (film director Y.Morgunov) was shown. A poster stand, benches by the house of culture, a queue to the cinema box-office to buy tickets will take you to the atmosphere of those years. In the recreated cinema hall with a cinema projector and rows of spectator

seats you can watch the film on the white screen and feel the mood of the audience of the Soviet time.

The Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov welcomes you to the exhibition “Sholokhov’s Personages in Cinema” running from April 15, 2016, in Sholokhov Centre: 125/69 Bolshaya Sadovaya, Rostov-on-Don.

Tour service: 210-90-14, 210-90-17; e-mail: rostov@sholokhov.ru

 

Irina Koveshnikova
Lidiya Kuzan