Saturday, July 14, 2007

Riga-Stirlitz's town (russian)

Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973) ("Семнадцать мгновений весны" in Russian), also Seventeen Instants of Spring is a Soviet TV miniseries.
Stirlitz is sometimes referred to as a Russian James Bond, even if the comparison is not entirely warranted. Although the show contains some relatively unbelievable elements (i.e. a Russian passing for a German for twenty years) and it may even have served a somewhat similar ideological role as the James Bond films did in the West, Seventeen Moments of Spring is based, even if only loosely, on actual historical events. Moreover, the show also strives for a much more realistic version of foreign espionage than the James Bond films do, with Stirlitz carefully playing on rivalries within the SD and SS, cautiously seeking out friendly contacts, prudently developing alibis for his covert activities and very rarely resorting to force or gadgetry. It also notable that one hardly gets the impression that many of the Nazis were all the incarnation of evil: while there the show does remind the viewer of the horror of Nazi death camp through use of some original footage, one nonetheless finds it hard not to take something of a liking for Mueller and some of Stirlitz' other adversaries.
The series was immensely popular in the Soviet Union and it originated many popular phrases as well as an entire genre of anecdotes, the latter having seemingly taken a life of its own. The show is still frequently aired on Russian television. Plans were discussed to build a monument to Stirlitz in the city of Gorokhovets, his birth place in the series.
Tему "Штирлиц в Риге" пора выносить в раздел про легендарных авантюристов. Касательно "Семнадцати мгновений весны". Церквушка на переезде у Тейки - та самая, где служил пастор Шлаг. Там ещё бутафорский памятник, обвязанный мешками с песком стоял. Район, где Штирлиц встречался с Борманом, находится на перекрестке Мейстару и Конной, между Кошкиным домом и торцом здания Минфина, а 1-я городская больница стала госпиталем, где лежала радистка Кэт. А еще за городом, на Псковском шоссе в районе большой развязки у Сените и моста через Гаую снимался эпизод, когда Штирлиц оставляет машину c Кэт на стоянке. Вернувшись на место провала Плейшнера, Штирлиц въехал в город через только что построенный Вантовый мост через Даугаву. Очевидно, эта ультрамодерновая для того времени натура привлекла создателей фильма потому, что она была малоизвестна за пределами Латвии

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