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Five minutes (1956) - Lyudmila Gurchenko - All about the song ...

A little about the brightest New Year's song, originally from the 50s ... Favorite soundtrack from "Carnival Night"

History of Composition Five Minutes (1956)

The New Year's comedy "Carnival Night" became a springboard to the Olympus of glory for two geniuses at once: this musical made Eldar Ryazanov a classic of Soviet cinema, and Lyudmila Gurchenko - a star of the big screen! The picture became the leader of the box office in 1956! The phrases of the heroes were parsed by the audience into quotes that can still be heard to this day ...

Frame from the comedy-musical "Carnival Night"
Frame from the comedy-musical "Carnival Night"

Along with the "Irony of Fate", "Carnival Night" remains the most important attribute of the New Year holidays ... The signature highlight of the comedy was the composition "Five Minutes", which, in fact, will be discussed today!

A little background...

Speaking about Eldar Ryazanov, undoubtedly a talented and great director, it is worth noting that "Carnival Night" became for him the so-called "artistic debut". At that time, he was attracted by drama and tragedy, and filming a frivolous comedy did not attract the young genius at all ... Fortunately for the Soviet audience, the then head of Mosfilm, Ivan Pyryev, managed to persuade the novice filmmaker! Moreover, Pyriev personally tore to shreds four Ryazan statements about leaving the project ...

On the pages of his book Unsummoned, Pyryev recalls:

“Ryazanov had a very, very difficult relationship with music ... No, he loved it! But this love was accompanied by his complete lack of hearing ... Ryazanov was a selfless guitar player, but as he himself said, the teacher advised him to sing as loudly as possible - well, to drown out the accompaniments ... "

History of the song

The authorship of the composition remains with the big names of songwriter Vladimir Livshits and composer Anatols Liepinsh (better known by credits as Anatoly Lepin).

The idea of the song belongs to Ryazanov. During the conversation, he, Liepinsh and Livshits began to think that such a thing could be done in such a short period of time ... As a result, it was decided that the song would sound for exactly five minutes and end with the chimes! As planned by the director, the final scene was supposed to contain an encouraging "greeting song". And "Five minutes" completely coped with its task!

However, the musicians of the Rosner orchestra did not like the song at all ... According to Yuri Saulsky, they expected something more, something jazzy ... And “Five Minutes”, in their opinion, looked more like an old-fashioned German hit of the 30s ...

As for the performer of the soundtrack herself, Lyudmila Gurchenko, not everyone liked her candidacy either ... According to Ryazanov, the main star of Carnival Night turned out to be "too pretentious." And Pyryev said that Gurchenko grimaced too much on the set ... But, as often happens, the wild success that the heroine Lenochka Krylova brought to the picture dissuaded them!

Frame from "Carnival Night"
Frame from "Carnival Night"

The composition "Five Minutes" to this day remains the main attribute of the New Year's celebration! After so many years, this song remains the same kind, bright, close to each of us ... I would like to believe that it will remain the same for a very, very long time!

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