The name of Alexander Vampilov is not accidental for Ermolova's theater. In the 70s of the last century, plays "The Elder Son" (1972), "Last Summer in Chulimsk" (1973), "The Context of Events" (1977), "Duck Hunt" (1979) were staged on his stage. These performances became an event not only for the theater. MN Ermolova, defining the whole decade of the creative life of the collective, but also for the whole of Soviet culture, because many of the works of one of the best playwrights of the country were set here for the first time. People's Artist of the USSR Vladimir Andreev became one of the first performers of the role of Zilov in Moscow.
"Duck Hunting" is one of the best and mysterious plays of Alexander Vampilov. There was even such a term - "Enigma of Zilov".
The play by Eugene Marcelli destroys all the usual stereotypes of staging this play. His Zilov in the performance of Ivan Yankovsky - not a disappointed in himself and in life a character, but a young man full of love, tenderness and vitality. For the director, the starting point was the author's proposed age of the hero - "Zilov is about thirty years old." With his energy of entry into life, he tries to sort out his friendly and loving connections, sometimes involuntarily inflicting pain on himself and others around him. There is a lot of irony in the play, and the text written 50 years ago (in the summer of 1967) sounds very modern.
“ Youth, a little musical, very impulsive performance. In today's trend. Happy young growth on the stage. Silen Ivan Yankovsky, energy and temperament are a little fascinating. Christina Asmus opens with new faces, impressive. The play captivates with its freshness and not ordinary, for this theater, this is an unexpected direction, THANKS O.E. Menshikov. I was very pleased, I advise you to look, if possible, together with the children of 18-25.
“ Were on January 10 at this play. I was glad that I was not mistaken with the choice of the play. Of course, many compared him to the film, where Oleg Dal played the main role. But the play Another-youth, sometimes provocative, sometimes ridiculous, .. And, of course, after the performance, there is something to think about, to reflect on and look at my own life from a different angle. I recommend to those who are not afraid of a new reading.
“ it's very nice to be the first who could give feedback on this original interpretation of the legendary performance. the first time I watched it about 30 years ago in the same theater) it is interesting that then in the role of Zilov was Vladimir Zaitsev, who in the new version acted as Kushak) the new version left the same strong impression as the previous one! the new version made us think about how the world has changed, our country and we! to think only, but the actor, starring in the main role then still did not think to be born) I want to appeal to those who, like I saw the old, canonical, original Yermolov version; more than once admired the brilliant film "Leave in September" with the most talented Oleg Dal, Evene Leonov, Irina Kupchenko, Alexander Bogatyrev, Nikolai Burlyaev; watched an excellent version of the performance at the Moscow Art Theater with Konstantin Khabensky! Dear ones, you will not regret at all that you went to the Yermolova Theater for Duck Hunting in the production of E. Marcelli! This is a completely new view, a new interpretation, a rethinking of the deepest Vampilov ideas through the prism of today! New, original, modern, thin and deep! Marcelli did not question any of the author's words, completely shared the traditional interpretation of the images, but at the same time breathed new life into the play, forcing us to believe that we are changing, and the world is not. People suffer from the same vices, injure each other, just worry and experience, rush through life, missing the main, lose themselves and others .. I first see such a Marcelli! Why is that? Perhaps, this subject has stirred up some secrets of his soul? Whatever it was, but he, picking up the catchy actor's ensemble, made the audience think about his life and the perishability of everything.
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