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YURI OLESHA NICKNAMED ” WRITER»

My soul is the last atom
your soul.
<Yu. O.>
Man lived, man wrote. Years passed, the man was forgotten. And they didn’t remember much when they were alive. Not all. Not the one. How many geniuses and just talents our Soviet Empire managed to “mow down”, drive away or destroy during its lifetime, this ugly state of lies and Vice… However, do not worry about the sad. The film will leave an indelible impression. Sadness, annoyance, incomprehension-Yes, a lot of things…

“Yuri Olesha, nicknamed “the writer”” – this is the first work of Roman Liberov, who later made films including “Conversation with the celestial” and “Written by Sergei Dovlatov”, which I have already told you about.

Yuri Olesha

The main question, perhaps, for the untrained viewer: is it worth watching the film without getting to know the work of the writer to whom it is dedicated? Yes, of course you should! The answer is simple, because there are few options. The fact is that Yuri Olesha wrote a very modest number of literary works during his life. Very modest. Does this make him less interesting? No. Therefore, the film is definitely worth watching, especially since it was shot very high quality, at a decent level. The 47-minute sketch includes the obligatory and simply interesting facts of the writer’s biography, a lot of photos, quotes from the diary, works, several poems and interviews (of course, not with Olesha).

Visually, the film is quite in the spirit of Liberov: it is both animation, and serious work with graphics, and an unobtrusive style of narration. Of course, “Yuri Olesha nicknamed “writer” “in the picture seriously loses to the same “Written by Sergei Dovlatov”, but this is expected: the films are separated by three years, clearly not wasted by the Director. Only the narrator is not inferior: if Sergey Puskepalis read the text for Dovlatov, Olesha here speaks in the voice of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan (with the exception of one segment when Yuri Karlovich himself speaks).

Kataev, Bulgakov and Olesha
Babel and Olesha
Someone, probably, will be pleased to learn that Olesha is not only “Three fat men”. Readers who are already in the know will no doubt find in Liberov’s film less obvious, but no less interesting details about a smart and intelligent man, about Yuri Karlovich Olesha.

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