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Who are you, comrade Mimino?

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

In the movie George Danelia “Mimino” is one episode that absolutely false within the Soviet realities. Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky, if he saw this scene, waved my hands and exclaimed “No way!” And it is not about the moment when Mimino decided to call home to your town of Kakheti Telavi, and he was connected with the Israeli tel Aviv. This episode is certainly unusual, however – that does not happen? Foreign telephone operator in consonance could confuse tel Aviv and Telavi (which, by the way, presumably dad was buried comrade Stalin Vissarion Dzhugashvili, but that is irrelevant). But this fragment with a phone call – included in a broader action, which, again, was part of the Soviet reality is completely false. Unless you take as fact… But let’s order.

As we all remember – I think that in my journal there are no people who at least once have not watched the movie “Mimino”? – as we all remember, Valiko Mizandari, nicknamed Mimino, quit my comfortable, but no heroic job of helicopter pilot in the mountains of Gombori ridge native Kakheti and rushed to Moscow hoping to enter in the “large aircraft”. Chance, frankly, he’s almost there. Mimino, as already mentioned, was a helicopter pilot, rather than an-2, he reached the age limit when pilots took retraining, no relationships or Dating in Moscow, he was not. Yes, he was under trial for disorderly conduct, receiving in the end, albeit slight, but still a criminal penalty of a fine and payment of damages. That is, in all questionnaires he then went as “having a criminal record”, after which it in the USSR, not even close to allowed to a large aircraft. The final, penultimate act of the film almost lost everything, having no money even for tea, Mimino sitting in one of the Moscow airports, not even knowing how to be able to return home. And here with it it’s a miracle.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

The miracle is that by chance in the cafeteria, he meets Ivan Sergeyevich Volokhov, who mistakenly takes Mimino for his son in front of the other. Learn the history of the cinema, in memory of his deceased friend, Volokhov lucky Mimino to his another ex-soldier, and now some big boss, played by Nikolay Grabbe. Although the office of the chief it turns out that Mimino is irrelevant to their comrade-in-arms, the chief helps him and Mimino much to aviation. And not just in large aircraft, and the squadron, which was operating the flight in the capitalist countries that the Soviet hierarchy of priorities was probably the biggest prize in my life. Ride (fly) regularly in capitalist countries would like any Soviet citizen. And here comes the most incredible for the history of the USSR.

In one airport – apparently it is West Germany, Mimino, remembering that his new friend the driver Khachikyan really wanted to buy an authentic crocodile toy for my nephew – and the Soviet Union was only some sort of deformity, a crocodile almost similar goes to the city center for shopping. And the rest of the crew under various pretexts refuse to go with him, and then Mimino one in a taxi, Smoking a cigar, goes to the Mall. Where it occurs, in particular, the history of the erroneous call to tel Aviv.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

And here we see the fantastic scene of the movie. What Mimino accidentally breaks in Moscow in the apartment of an Opera singer, greetings from an unknown grandmother and get the opportunity to stay in one of the best hotels in Moscow, the fact that his room was the driver of the truck, which was confused with the Professor that Mimino accidentally in Moscow, he met his sworn enemy that he was lucky with the lawyer and he got off with a fine, what Mimino at the airport, met with Volokhov who had adopted him for his son his front-line friend – all events unlikely but still we can not say that completely impossible. As they say – what doesn’t happen? But to the Soviet people, being abroad in a capitalist country, could all alone to go for a walk around the city – this is the most fantastic fiction. That’s the kind in the Soviet reality could not be under any circumstances.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?
A lone cinema in the capitalist Mall.

The Soviet Union was the country from which the people fled at the first opportunity. And who didn’t run away, he must at the first opportunity was ready to engage in contacts with representatives of Western intelligence agencies, to sell to the adversary of the Soviet secrets. And although in reality this was not the case, but the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee was confident that all the Soviet people in this way will behave abroad if they are given the opportunity to walk freely in the capitalist cities. Therefore, to exclude this possibility, the Soviet people in foreign cities alone could not move. They’ve always moved at least a small group, and one member of the group has always been an agent of the KGB, who is assigned the duties of a spy. Every Soviet citizen, while abroad, knew these rules, but many also realize that their group will be someone who after a trip will make reports to the Office of Deep Drilling.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?
Unusual for the Soviet people the interior West shopping centre with lots of boutiques.

And then Mimino one goes to the city centre, and not to lay a wreath at the grave of Soviet soldiers, and in the most that neither is the epicenter of the capitalist temptation – in the twinkling and glittering with hundreds of attractive lights shopping center. No one would compound one – Yes, even in the first flight not be released to the city. If the commander for some reason did not want to go and the whole crew was in the airport, and Mimino would remain. And if it went, it was only a group, albeit small. Or he could run away or recruited would. This was the Soviet logic. That’s why this whole episode looks complete fiction.

And but — but there is a double bottom. Let’s go back a little – at the moment when Volokhov lucky Mimino to his brother, who became a big boss. What kind of head? In what Department he is the head? On one site it is listed as “Minister”. But in the credits of the film, this role is not marked. Nikolai Grabbe, who played the front another Volokhova, set the total list of “episodes” – just “N. Grabbe”.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

Well, let’s try to figure out who could work together Volokhova on the General surroundings of his work.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

Each of this front a friend by Soviet standards – hoo. All wood panels in those days were talking about the status. But much more the appearance of a reception status of the owner telling customers who have been waiting.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

A General of the army! Nearby is also the uncle of the characteristic species and with a gold star on his jacket. Judging by his appearance – also a big head. And waiting in the waiting room at the front of the other, as visitors from the street. And while the master himself in the room alone. So he, knowing how important people sit in his waiting room, he is their “pickles”. In the USSR, thus the big boss was showing the visitors how important it is. Well, what the office of “Minister”?

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

By Soviet standards, too, all more than thoroughly and solidly. On the wall whist bas-relief of Lenin. But there is a feeling that there should be hung the other bas-relief.

Look at the building occupied by the Minister, outside.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

At the entrance of the entirely of “the Seagull”, which once again indicates the high status of both the visitors and the “Minister.” Sorry offer not to see. But in this frame far more interesting the building itself. Some sky-blue house in the center of Moscow. This building, which has a big boss each Volokhova in the film “Mimino”, very similar to this building:

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

Even the black grille in front of the mansion are similar. Although the details are certainly different. I must say that this is a different building. The fact that the second is a modern photo of manor Orlov-Denisov, which is located on Bolshaya Lubyanka (formerly Dzerzhinsky street). Here is a picture of the mansion (its gate and wings) in the early 80’s:

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

Who knows Moscow, one immediately recognizes a few gloomy building in the background on the right side of the photo. The building of the KGB of the USSR, which was the Cabinet of Yuri Andropov. There are generally many of the buildings are relevant to this Department. No exception was the estate of Orlov-Denisov, who in 70-ies (that is, when the film “Mimino”) belonged to the KGB (it housed the archive). I repeat, the mansion shown in the film “Mimino” is another mansion, not manor Orlov-Denisov. Just visually it is quite like the building. In Moscow, there aren’t many houses this blue color. So the thought of the estate of Orlov-Denisov arises by itself.

In the film “Mimino” shows the mansion on Povarskaya street. That’s how it looks today:

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

Here is what they write about this building in the Wiki: “Estate of P. M. Chernov the middle of the XVIII century, was rebuilt after 1812 and 1870-ies. After 1917 it housed the 6th House of the Soviets… there was a people’s Commissariat of rabkrin and was the Cabinet of Commissar I. V. Stalin“. Wow! In this house some time worked for Stalin himself. Out where cloves should be worn if so desired. However, protection is unlikely to be allowed. And 70s when movie was filmed, the building housed the publishing house “Soviet writer”. In General, for any building shown in the film, difficult. And the fact that it once housed the office of Stalin himself, immediately makes it not ordinary. And in General hurt the film “Mimino” some “carrier frequency” or a rhyme. Mimino is a native of Telavi, where presumably buried Stalin’s father, and at the end he gets a ticket to the big life in the building, which once worked with Stalin himself. Although it is unlikely that the media was referring to this line. The mansion on Povarskaya street, he chose only because it was easy to get permission to shoot. And whoever gave him to take pictures near one of the buildings belonging to the KGB?

In General, to say exactly what works friend and former brother-Volokhova, difficult. However, the similarity with the estate of Orlov-Denisov, these “Seagulls” at the entrance, generals and other high chiefs (the heads of the departments?), patiently waiting in the waiting room, make acceptable the next version.

This senior front one Volokhov is a high rank in the KGB. And when he finds out in Mimino son his front-line friend, and then finds out that he’s not my son, he thinks.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

Look how looks. What he thinks at this point this the rank of a senior KGB?

And he thinks that’s what. On the one hand, he wants to help this Georgian, who although was not a son of their deceased front-line friend, but still very similar to it. On the other, civil aviation is not on any of his Agency. As if really there may be, but even a very, very high head, even the KGB couldn’t just call another office and ordered to take to work (or study) of any person, which the Agency rejected. But could be offered another option.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

Mimino for the right to get in large aircraft was ready to go, probably at all. Here’s to him and offered… to become a KGB agent. And that immediately solved all the issues. Pro-line KGB and introduced to the great Soviet aircraft. Most likely, and a conviction he was removed from the questionnaire because the zagranotryadov with a criminal record no way. In General, the KGB agent it became possible to get to where he wanted to go. Took it is certainly not a scout. To become a scout, he had a long time to learn. It’s not his option. But to become an agent, a spy for the other members of the squadron and crew – work simple, not requiring some serious preparation. Know looked, poluchili and then write reports.

And in this version is immediately withdrawn questions, as its one released in the capitalist city. And how not to go? Most likely the crew or at least the commander even knew who is Mimino, and therefore did not want to go with him to the Mall, feigning fatigue and “Yes, I they all have been seen.” Look how Mimino persuades the commander to go, and the “tired”.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

Yes, the face shows that he is not smiling to walk to the center of the capitalist debauchery along with Mimino. And Mimino himself as a KGB agent, and one to go to the Mall. Who will forbid him? And accompanying him is not needed.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

And here we see agent compound, alone strolling on West Mall. Even foreigners are surprised: wow! Russian and alone. Mine got! What in the world? But miracles, no. Just Mimino is not a simple co-pilot, and let the elite squadron, but take the above andGent of the KGB. He gets a free pass.

In this place, and Noah inquisitive viewer might exclaim. “Excuse me, excuse me! Citizens! But at the end of the film it is shown that Mimino returned to their mountains again, and became voziti his “butterfly”, as he called his helicopter. Something there must be some hitch. If Mimino – KGB agent, who would let him go back to his native Telavi?”

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

I would say the following. Dear comrades, and who said that the ending of the film is the reality, not dreams Mimino? Flying in a helicopter, he dreamed of a large aircraft. And once in this aircraft in this way, he wistfully began to recall their serene flight over the mountains. But it was only a dream. He’s from this elite squadron has not already gone. Now he could fly indefinitely in a capitalist country, but leave could not. The cell is closed. And the symbol that the dream of freedom, he was much more dependence, is the last frame of the film. Landing gear – in fact, the leg to which the lock is riveted thick chain.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

More eloquently and not say.

Кто вы, товарищ Мимино?

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