Tsoi's "Cuckoo" Sounded New - Best Domestic Cover

"I think she is inappropriately performing this song. She doesn't have enough life experience to feel this song and put the right message into it. I don't think Victor would appreciate it!"

The movie "Battle for Sevastopol": music, song "Cuckoo" and its performer

In 2015, a movie was released "Battle for Sevastopol"that forced the residents Russia and Ukraine Forget about the political battles (unfolding over Crimea) for a couple of hours, and just enjoy an atmospheric and, no less importantly, absolutely real story... The story of a Soviet woman hero who destroyed on the battlefield over 300 enemy soldiers and officers! She went down in world history under the pseudonym "Lady Death," but in ordinary life she bore the name of Lyudmila Pavlichenko.

Pavlichenko is known as the legendary female sniper, a woman warrior who made a public speech in the United States, "belittling" American gentlemen with the phrase: "Don't you gentlemen think you've been hiding behind my back too long?". At 25 she went to the front as a volunteer, and eventually became a powerful source of inspiration for the movie, which "stormed" the audience not only with a heartfelt story, but also a new reading of it Tsoi's "Cuckoos". So, we've got possibly the best domestic cover ever! But first things first....

A story that melted the ice in the hearts of the "diverse" public.

The plot of the movie is a true story Ludmila Pavlichenko. Yes, in some places embellished, in some places deliberately dramatized, and yet real. An ordinary girl from the Soviet countryside, at the time of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War Lyudmila was a student at Taras Shevchenko Kiev State University. Never once doubting her own decision, she goes to the front, where she fights braver than many men!

A still from the movie "Battle for Sevastopol"
A still from the movie "Battle for Sevastopol"

There is a place for love, and personal experiences of the heroine, and irreplaceable losses... Considering that the center of the film is the real person - It is almost impossible to control emotions. Involuntarily, even the most stingy on emotions viewer begins to sympathize and empathize with the main character, who, by the way, performed Yulia Peresild.

A still from the movie "Battle for Sevastopol"
A still from the movie "Battle for Sevastopol"

In general, this movie has a rather difficult story: at the time of the start of filming the actress was in a position - in the sixth month, the conditions were harsh and as realistic as possible, and situation with Crimea As a result, the State Cinema of Ukraine (the film is Russian-Ukrainian) flatly refused to release the film! Very reluctantly, but they did meet director Sergei Mokritsky's demands.

As a result, the movie was released in Russia and Ukraine, and at least for a few hours, it made people forget about their discontent and put aside political battles! It melted the ice in the hearts of such a "different" audience, which makes it unique and long-lasting

Over dramatization?

History does not remember a single movie - even a mega-popular and successful one - that did not receive bad criticism. In the case of "The Battle for Sevastopol," it was caused by two things: the plot is not centered on war, but on the on heroinand her fate and exploits were clearly embellished"The dramatization is certainly overdone!"," wrote some disgruntled users. Is it so?

A still from the movie "Battle for Sevastopol"
A still from the movie "Battle for Sevastopol"

Well, as for the first parameter that drew the "wrath of the audience" - according to Mokritsky, from the very beginning he planned to dedicate the movie to the it was Pavlichenkonot the Great Patriotic War. In his interview, the director said:

"Since childhood I have been drawn to the theme of war... As a boy I used to pester veterans to tell me about the war. But here I decided to make the center of the story a human being - a woman in the war, who fought so bravely and became a true legend! I think it's interesting to look at Lyudmila's feelings and experiences... Especially since it was not without love and drama..."

A still from the movie "Battle for Sevastopol"
A still from the movie "Battle for Sevastopol"

Well: he's an artist, and he sees it that way. To argue with the author's idea it either resonates or it doesn't. But what about the dramatization? Has Mokritsky really distorted reality to a great extent?

Lyudmila Pavlichenko
Lyudmila Pavlichenko

In some places the movie really diverges from the real biography of Pavlichenko: she got her now famous surname not from her father, but from her first husband, and her second and most beloved husband died accidentally - Instinctively embracing Lyudmila, without realizing it, he protected her from a sudden mortar attack by the Germans, acting as a human shield... However, these discrepancies cannot be called critical - rather, in this way the director wanted to emphasize how tragic and difficult was the fate of the heroine.

Russia's best cover performed by Gagarina

Polina Gagarina. 2018
Polina Gagarina. 2018

There were many worthy songs in this movie, but the main gem was... cover version. "The Battle for Sevastopol" presented the audience with a new - more modern and in the theme of the movie female reading "Cuckoos" by Viktor Tsoi.which instantly received not just a warm - we would even say fervent response! Performed the iconic "Kino" anthem. Polina Gagarinaand, it's worth noting, she managed to capture the mood and atmosphere of the track perfectly... No wonder it gained millions of listens! Let's hear it:

However, not everyone liked Gagarina's cover. For example, a well-known Russian singer Olga Kormukhina claimed that Paulina "brazenly" stole her arrangement!

"I recognized my arrangement right away! It's very brazen on her part. If you want to make a cover, add your own zest," Olga said.

All of this has led to... lawsuits. Alas, but here Kormukhina failed... Tsoi's son Alexander stated that he had no claims against Gagarina, adding that Olga's arrangement had no license. In general, Gagarina came out of this situation a winner, but Kormukhina continues to insist on her own, emphasizing:

"I think she is inappropriately performing this song. She doesn't have enough life experience to feel this song and put the right message into it. I don't think Victor would appreciate it!"

What do you think about it? Whose version do you like better? Share your opinion in the comments!


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