Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series “Vertinsky”: first shots

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Paulina Andreeva in the series “Vertinsky”

Today the first footage of Avdotya Smirnova's new series “Vertinsky”, which tells about the life of the idol of the Russian stage of the first half of the twentieth century, Alexander Vertinsky, has appeared on the network. The role of the cult artist was played by Alexey Filimonov, and his partners on the set were Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova, Ksenia Rappoport, Victoria Isakova, Sergey Umanov, Alena Babenko and many others.

Paulina Andreeva got the role of the legend of the silent film era Vera Kholodnaya, Victoria Isakova reincarnated as Marlene Dietrich, but Anna Mikhalkova played a fictional intelligence agent.

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Alexey Filimonov and Paulina Andreeva in the TV series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Alexey Filimonov in the series “Vertinsky”

Smirnova's new large-scale project will tell about the bright years of the life of the most famous Russian chansonnier of the 20th century, covering the period from 1919 to 1943, when Vertinsky lived outside the USSR. The idea to shoot the series came from Konstantin Ernst and Alexander Vertinsky's daughter Anastasia back in 2013. It took several years to write the script, for which Anna Parmas, John Shemyakin and the director of the project Avdotya Smirnova were responsible.

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Anna Mikhalkova in the series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Ksenia Rappoport in the series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Alexey Filimonov and Victoria Isakova in the TV series “Vertinsky”

Although the creators of the series relied on archival materials and the memoirs of historians, they did not try to achieve documentary accuracy. Therefore, some of the characters in the project had real prototypes, and some of the actors were reincarnated as fictional characters.

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Anna Mikhalkova in the series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Paulina Andreeva and Alexey Filimonov in the series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Alexey Filimonov and Victoria Isakova in the TV series “Vertinsky”

Filming took place in three countries – Russia, Turkey and Hungary. The exact budget of the project is unknown, but the work on it was carried out on a really large scale. About eight thousand extras took part in the filming. One of the producers of the series was the general director of Channel One, Konstantin Ernst, and Roman Abramovich and Sergey Adonyev provided financial support to him.

Alexander Nikolaevich lived a surprisingly happy life. He saw two world wars: in one of them he served as an orderly, and during the second he had the courage to return to the territory of a heavily belligerent country. He saw the fratricidal Civil War and survived it. He returned to the Stalinist Soviet Union from 25 years of exile and also survived there. In the 30s, he had two 1.5 thousandth concerts in New York, and when he returned to the USSR in 1946, he gathered a full Hall of Columns, and, according to Moscow mythology, the audience who came to this concert was restrained by the equestrian police. on Bolshaya Dmitrovka. He lived a long artistic life, starting as a restaurant singer and ending up touring the entire Soviet Union. And the most amazing thing: they still remember him,

– said Avdotya Smirnova about her new project.

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Alexey Filimonov in the series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Alena Babenko and Alexey Filimonov in the series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Ksenia Rappoport in the series “Vertinsky”

The premiere of the eight-part project will take place on September 13th. First, the series will be shown in the online cinema Kion with an age rating of 18+, and later its other version with a 12+ rating will be aired on Channel One.

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Paulina Andreeva and Sergei Gilev in the TV series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Yulia Marchenko in the series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Anna Mikhalkova in the series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Alexey Filimonov in the series “Vertinsky”

Paulina Andreeva, Anna Mikhalkova and others in Avdotya Smirnova's series

Avdotya Smirnova on the set of the series “Vertinsky”

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