As part of the Bulgakov cycle, the Cinema Club of the Russian Centre in Brussels broadcast Leonid Gaidai's comedy "Ivan Vasilievich changes profession".
In her opening remarks, the head of the Russian Centre in Brussels, Vera Bunina, said that under the lockdown that is in effect in Belgium due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was decided to transfer the film screenings to the Internet, and not to abandon them until better times. This will help us all cope with this challenge.
Before the session, a small lecture was given by an art critic, teacher of the School of Arts of the Royal Academy of Arts, a multiple participant of international festivals and exhibitions in Brazil, the USA, Spain, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, Korea, Italy and other countries, was delivered by Alexandra Dementyeva.
At first, she spoke about Mikhail Bulgakov, who wrote the play, which became the basis for the film. During his lifetime, the writer was seldom published. But the more time passed since his death, the more famous he became.
Bulgakov conducted work on the play in the 30s, but then it was never staged, and was published only in the mid-60s.
Director Leonid Gaidai in his film, of course, somewhat corrected Bulgakov’s plan - firstly, he turned the plot into a comedy. And he changed the time in which the action takes place to the 1970s.
The time machine itself underwent alteration - it received more modern details compared to the original. The main role in the film was played by actor Alexander Demyanenko, who starred in many films of Gaidai, and in all of his hero was called Shurik. This character has become legendary in Soviet cinema, there is hardly anyone who has not heard of him.
After the viewing, each of the audience, among whom was the grandson of Baron Peter Wrangel, who lives in Belgium, was able to ask Alexandra Dementieva a question and get a detailed answer to it.
According to the participants, it turned out to be chamber, fun and sincere.