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Anniversary of the Film “The Shame-Child”

10.11.2017

55 years ago, on November 13, 1962, the film “The Shame-Child” was first shown in the cinema. The film was made after “The Tales from the Don” by M.A.Sholokhov at the “Mosfilm” studio.

“The Shame-Child” is one of the best films by the film director Yevgeny Yefimovich Karelov about children and for children. The author of the scenario is Arnold Vitol, the cameraman is German Shatrov, the artist is Boris Tsaryov, the second film director is Anatoly Markelov. All they were young then and full of creative energy.

Among the actors there were several young performers. For Vova Semyonov, a kindergarten child, who lived in, not simply acted, the role of Mishka called Nakhalyonok (shame-child), it was the first work in cinema. For D.Netrebin, who acted the role of Mishka’s father, Foma Korshunov, and V.Burlakova (in the role of Mishka’s mother) it was the first significant work in cinema. Beside them on the set, there performed the most experienced actors, who created Sholokhov’s images in other films: D.Ilchenko, who acted the role of grandfather, performed in the film “The Quiet Flows the Don” (the film director S.Gerasimov, 1957) as Pantelei Prokofyevich, and E.Tsesarskaya (in the role of the priest’s wife) who performed the role of Aksinya in the first screen version of “The Quiet Don” (1930).

The white-and-black film was made in 1961, in Dmitrovskoye Village the Moscow Region. When editing the film the director decided to include in the film documentary fragments of the on-site Don pictures.

In December 1961, Y.Karelov, A.Vitol and G.Shatrov with their film “The Shame-Child” visited Vyoshenskaya on the invitation of M.A.Sholokhov. Later Karelov remembered that on seeing the film the writer said: “A good picture – it makes you laugh to tears.”

 

Lyudmila Kochetova