& quot; Office Romance & quot; 40 years later


October 27, 1977 in the cinemas of the USSR, the premiere of one of the best lyrical comedies by Eldar Ryazanov's Office Romance took place. Interestingly, almost all the actors who played the main roles in this film are somehow connected with his previous film "The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!"
Here, for example, Alice Freundlich. When Eldar Ryazanov and Emil Braginsky gave the play Irony of Fate to the Lensovet Theater, it was imperative that the main role, Nadia Shevelev, be performed by leading theater artist Alisa Freindlich. Some time later, the authors were invited to the premiere. , as Freundlich plays in the production, to which he was answered: “And she doesn’t play at all in your play!” After that, Ryazanov did not go to the premiere, and Freindlich couldn’t invite to the film based on this play, as it was already approved Barbara Brylska. Later, Ryazanov decided to stage his next play, he would take it only if Alisa Brunovna played the role of Kalugin.

Alisa Freindlikh before the premiere of the Bolshoi film directed by V. Todorovsky at the Bolshoi Theater. April 17, 2017.Photo by Vadim Tarakanov / TASS
Ryazanov did not want to part with Andrei Myagkov after the success of the same “Irony of Fate”

Andrei Myagkov in the release of the program "Once" on January 1, 2017 / NTV
Svetlana Nemolyaeva auditioned from Ryazanov for the role of Nadia Sheveleva in “The Irony of Fate”, but did not work out. But in The Office Romance as Olya Ryzhova, the director did not see anyone except Nemolyaeva.

Svetlana Nemolyaeva at the closing ceremony of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival at the Russia Concert Hall. June 29, 2017. Photo by Vyacheslav Prokofiev / TASS
Oleg Basilashvili on the set of "Office Romance" also got after the failure of "Irony of Fate." I think you all know well that initially Hippolyta was supposed to play it. But I could not because of the tragedy in the family.

Oleg Basilashvili during the ceremony of laying flowers to the monument to the first mayor of St. Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak on Vasilyevsky Island. August 10, 2017. Photo by Sergey Konkov / TASS
Well, Lia Akhedzhakova also attracted Ryazanov in “Irony” so much that he shot her later in almost all his films.

Lia Akhedzhakova during the gathering of the troupe of the Sovremennik Theater. October 1, 2017.

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