How were films Brat and Brat 2(Brother and Brother 2) created

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Russia had got more important problems in 90th than cinematograph. So projects that were approved got ludicrous financing. Aleksei Balabanov got only $100000 for shooting film Brat(Brother). Nevertheless the film finally was a really good and Danila Bagrov who looked for justice in world where bandits ruled everything became a hero of the epoch. The sequel Brat 2(Brother 2) was started to shoot when Sergei Bodrov received a letter where a woman was asked for a decision to cope with bandits.

Producer Balabanov noticed young Sergei Bodrov at "Kinotavr" film festival. They became friends and decidedd to shoot a film about a man who doesn't want to go with a float. Bodrov said about his hero: "I have got strange opinion about his. He looks like me from one side and not - from the other side. He is a bit ordinary and a bit older. As a result he is actually - brother"

Having $100000 in the film budget everybody had to save money on everything. In fact budget was spent on cinema films and surveying technologies. Famous stretched sweater of a main hero was bought in second-hand for 35 rubles.

Svetlana Pismechenko, who played streetcar driver, remembereed: "I came in my jeans and Sergei Bodrov took his boots... Do you remeber sweater which was weared my heroine on Nautilus concert? I bought it in Finland. When Aleksei Balabanov saw this sweater he said that it have been a real terrible sweater and we have been able to use it in the film".

By the way we have to remember that Nautilus concert. It was a real concert but not of Butusov - "Chizh and Co" group in moscow recreation center of Gorbunov. Spectators were used as crowd scene and Bodrov with Pismechenko squeezed in a throng and were shooted without takes.

Svetlana remembered: "We jumped into the first row and were immediately clamped. An operator was running on the scene and I felt that the crowd was going to smash us. Then the shooting team finished the filming and went out and we stayed among drunk and smoked funs. It was really horrible sense. Sergei decided to break through the crowd and practically take me out on his hands. Then he was sitting, smoking and telling: Sveta, we have got a risky job"

Actually Bodrov always seeked to maximal realism in everything. For example, Uriy Kuznetsov was shooting among real homeless people. And that tramps believed that he was one of them.

Sergei Bodrov got a letter from province woman. Her junior son was serving in Chechnya. He wrote that he would return and have been asking every time - is everything okey with his motorcycle. And the woman wrote that his motorbike was stolen - hooligans stole it and money. The woman asked what should she do. Went to police was useless. She wrote that Sergei perfectly settled bandits in the film and she saw a cassette with her son. And whe didn't know what did she tell her son when he would return. And then Sergei Bodrov realized that his film signifies a lot for ordinary people. Finally, they decided to shoot sequel Brat-2(Brother-2).

Initially Balabanov planned to shoot two part of film - about Danila Bagrov adventures in Moscow and Chicago. But he changed his point of view and decided to union this part into one film. The budget increased in several times and was more then a million of dollars.

There was a very tensed situation in Moscow after sequence of acts of terrorism when Brat 2(Brother 2) was shooting in autumn 1999. All police was in hurry: they was looking for terrorists, checking every second car. Van with Mosfilm's requisite was stopped too. And there were several bags full of weapon. It was a very difficult to exonerate themselfes.

After that happening actors who were shooting in battle scenes haven't shown utmost concern and alertness - feeling were real. All scenes with skirmishes were prepared very carefully and maximum meticulously for shooting in one take.

It wasn't so easy to find free prison cell where main character of Bodrov turned out according to the story. Current cells were crowded, policy's cells misbecame. Producers was looking very long time but there was nothing. THen producer Sergei Selyanov remembered about sometime quardhouse of moscow Commandant's office where was a long time ago. And Trotskiy and Beriya were here before shooting down. Scenes were shooting here.

Bodrov remembered: "We arrived in USA like conquistadors. Chicago was the main stage - old criminal capital of America. We was living and working here during one and a half of month. By the way, there were some places in american cities were the police was awared of appearing. I am not speaking about ordinary white citizens. THe filming was started here."

Americans scarcely rejected to cooperate with russians when they knew about shoots without stuntmans and hope usage of real policemans in the film. This was forbidden in USA. But producers could find a way for cooperating with cops from little city in Long Island. That cops allow to shoot themselves, their service cars and, violating all rules, open cells with prostitutes, addicts and creased bums.

There was famous fact when it was a demand to make a hand-made gun which was used for killing black men by Danila. American property man wa asked to find something similar but he could'n do it. Thereat operator Sergei Astahov take a swiss knife and pliers and made hand-made gun in an hour. American flaty refused to guarantee any safety for shooting that take.

Brat 2(Brother 2) didn't pay back itself in renting. Cinemas earned a bit more then $600000. But according to results of 2000 the film took first place in solded VHS casettes, got ahead of several expensive american blockbusters.

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Russia had got more important problems in 90th than cinematograph. So projects that were approved got ludicrous financing. Aleksei Balabanov got only $100000 for shooting film Brat(Brother). Nevertheless the film finally was a really good and Danila Bagrov who looked for justice in world where bandits ruled everything became a hero of the epoch. The sequel Brat 2(Brother 2) was started to shoot when Sergei Bodrov received a letter where a woman was asked for a decision to cope with bandits.
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How were films Brat and Brat 2(Brother and Brother 2) created

Russia had got more important problems in 90th than cinematograph. So projects that were approved got ludicrous financing. Aleksei Balabanov got only $100000 for shooting film Brat(Brother). Nevertheless the film finally was a really good and Danila Bagrov who looked for justice in world where bandits ruled everything became a hero of the epoch. The sequel Brat 2(Brother 2) was started to shoot when Sergei Bodrov received a letter where a woman was asked for a decision to cope with bandits.

How were films Brat and Brat 2(Brother and Brother 2) created

Russia had got more important problems in 90th than cinematograph. So projects that were approved got ludicrous financing. Aleksei Balabanov got only $100000 for shooting film Brat(Brother). Nevertheless the film finally was a really good and Danila Bagrov who looked for justice in world where bandits ruled everything became a hero of the epoch. The sequel Brat 2(Brother 2) was started to shoot when Sergei Bodrov received a letter where a woman was asked for a decision to cope with bandits.

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Russia had got more important problems in 90th than cinematograph. So projects that were approved got ludicrous financing. Aleksei Balabanov got only $100000 for shooting film Brat(Brother). Nevertheless the film finally was a really good and Danila Bagrov who looked for justice in world where bandits ruled everything became a hero of the epoch. The sequel Brat 2(Brother 2) was started to shoot when Sergei Bodrov received a letter where a woman was asked for a decision to cope with bandits.

How were films Brat and Brat 2(Brother and Brother 2) created