January 9, 2021

Maksim Perepelitsa is 65!

On January 9, 1956, the comedy film "Maxim Perepelitsa" by Anatoly Granik was released on the screens of Soviet cinemas.

The film is based on the novel of the same name of Ivan Stadnyuk, published in 1952.

The release of the film by Anatoly Granik was accompanied by a small scandal. The fact is that exactly 4 months before the premiere of "Maxim Perepelitsa", on September 9, 1955, the movie "Private Ivan" was released on the screens of cinemas, the plot of which very much resembled the plot of the film based on Stadnyuk's story. "Private Ivan" gathered in cinemas more than 40 million moviegoers, and "Maxim Perepelitsa" - less than 30 million moviegoers. The figure is also considerable, but it can be assumed that if it were not for "Private Ivan", "Maxim Perepelitsa"'s box office would have been much higher.

Naturally, this situation very upset Ivan Stadnyuk, and he turned with accusations of plagiarism against the authors of the film "Private Ivan" ... to the Pravda newspaper. Not to court, not to the prosecutor's office, but to the main press organ of the CPSU. It is not known how this "litigation" ended, but it clearly shows that the concept of "copyright" in the legal practice of the Soviet Union simply did not exist. Everything belonged to the state, and in fact - to one party, and as for copyright, nobody was interested.

It is known that Ivan Stadnyuk also received accusations against him (perhaps they were inspired by the authors of "Private Ivan" as a retaliatory move). Stadnyuk was "run over" by the political command of the Soviet Army. The reason for the "run over" was an episode in which a Soviet officer, scary to think, treats an ordinary Soviet soldier with a cigarette and, moreover, gives him a light. Stadnyuk was accused of promoting "familiarity" between officers and privates, which was unacceptable in the Soviet Army.

Anatoly Granik's film was not presented at any festivals, was not awarded any prizes. And this is quite understandable: the time was transitional, on the eve of the 20th Party Congress, a struggle for power at the top was going on in the country. What kind of awards and festivals could be possible there?!

Professional film critics practically passed over the film in silence. As for foreign film criticism, it is again clear: the film was not shown anywhere outside the socialist camp. But Russian professional film critics did not pay attention to the film either.

But moviegoers, that is, those for whom films are made, highly appreciated Granik's film. It was already noted above that the film was watched in the first year by almost 30 million moviegoers, or more than 15% of the country's population. And this is despite the collision described above.

The modern moviegoer also highly appreciated "Maxim Perepelitsa". 72% of IMDB and Kinopoisk users rated the film from 8 to 10, and 25%, that is, every fourth!, rated the film with the highest score - "ten".

Taking into account the above, the rating of Anatoly Granik's film "Maxim Perepelitsa" according to FilmGourmand's version was 8.129, thanks to which it took 552nd Rank in the Golden Thousand.