It took half a century since then, as the screens came the cult Soviet movie “the Caucasian prisoner” and 25 years since the death of Director Leonid Gaidai, but the main star pattern Natalya Varley remembered something. In his autobiography, the 71-year-old actress spoke about the harassment by Gaidai, who survived during the filming.
After the celebration of the birth of Alexander Demyanenko, who starred in “the Caucasian captive” the role of the Shura, Leonid Gaidai volunteered to conduct Varley to the hotel. But the Director went to his room, where he lived with his wife, and went behind her in her room and tried to close the door behind him, despite the request of the actress not to do it.
“And we sat down — I on the edge of a chair, and Leonid Iovich in a chair by the window across the street. The situation was more than awkward… I started to “fill the gap”, something babbling about the birthday party of Sasha, about tomorrow’s shooting… And then in the hallway there was a loud sound of hurried steps and the door, stopped Nina Pavlovna. Embarrassment I found nothing smarter than to say: “We’re talking about work!”. Nina Pavlovna silently left. The door slammed next door. Leonid Iovich rose from his chair and went to the door, I went to close the door behind him. But Gaidai suddenly he locked it, turned and tried to kiss me” — said Varley in the pages of his book “Kanatohodka”.
According to the actress, she pushed Gaidai, put out of the room and locked the door. The next day, the shooting of the film continued in the usual way, but soon, the Director stated that her voice will be the heroine Hope Rumyantsev – one of 500 candidates for the lead role, which bypassed Natalia. This news upset Varley to tears, but shortly before his death Gaidai admitted his mistake and asked for her forgiveness.
Also remember, in Sweden the Parliament adopted the law on the protection of women from violence.
As mentioned in a recent article “Znayu” one of the victims of the Director told the terrible details of his harassment.
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