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Video: Why the father of the great puppeteer Sergei Obraztsov considered his son a failure
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 13:10
The whole world applauded his dolls. The original puppet shows by Sergei Obraztsov were so different from everything that had been offered before that it was simply impossible not to admire them. In 1931 he created his own Central Puppet Theater, which he directed until the end of his days. People stood at night to buy a ticket for the performance, and even Joseph Stalin shouted to him: “Well done! I love!" And only for his own father Vladimir Nikolaevich Sergei Obraztsov remained a failure.
Little Sergei Obraztsov was only five years old when his mother bought him a funny toy with a small head and a robe that looked like a glove. A hole was made in the doll's head for the index finger, and the middle and thumb helped the doll move. Surprisingly, Seryozha immediately realized: as soon as the doll is on his hand, it comes to life. She can cry and laugh, make funny gestures and nod her head. The doll was called bibabo, but the future famous puppeteer called her Bibabochka and did not part with her for a moment.
He took it with him on walks and hid it in his sleeve so that his head looked out. After all, Bibabooshka was supposed to see everything that was happening around with his little master. And sometimes Sergei Obraztsov arranged small performances for casual passers-by. True, then he had not yet thought that his whole life would be connected with dolls.
Sergei Obraztsov's father was a railway engineer, and dreamed that his son would receive a serious profession. Vladimir Nikolaevich achieved great success, he graduated from the Institute of Railway Engineers in St. Petersburg, was engaged in teaching in Moscow, was a professor at the Institute of Railway Engineers and was engaged in scientific work.
He designed railway stations, was engaged in the planning of sorting work, developed a system of cooperation between the railway and other modes of transport and interaction between services. It was Vladimir Nikolaevich who at one time became the founder of the science of designing stations, and with his light hand, the first children's railways began to appear in the Soviet Union.
His merits were marked by many government awards, including two Stalin prizes, and streets in Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Rtischevo and other cities of Russia and the former Soviet Union were named in his honor.
Vladimir Nikolaevich admired his son's drawing abilities and hoped that he would choose a profession associated with this. But Sergei Obraztsov had many hobbies. After the real school of K. P. Voskresensky, he studied painting and graphics at the Higher Artistic and Technical Workshop, and then entered the Music Studio of the Moscow Art Theater altogether. He was a fairly successful actor, played poignant roles, but still dolls in his life were of great importance.
The very first performance with theatrical puppets in 1920 brought tremendous success to Sergei Obraztsov. In 1928 Tyapa appeared - a funny doll with the face of a surprised child. This was the favorite character of Sergei Obraztsov, with whom he did not part for many years. And in 1931 Sergei Obraztsov created his own Puppet Theater.
Charm of talent
The performances of the Puppet Theater were very popular, people stood in line for tickets even at night, and the halls were full houses. Even Joseph Stalin could not remain indifferent to puppet shows, so Sergei Obraztsov, along with actors and puppets, were often invited to the Kremlin.
The leader especially loved the Habanera number, where passionate Carmen danced with Jose. Once Iosif Vissarionovich was late for a concert and by the time of his appearance in the hall Sergei Obraztsov with his puppets had already finished the performance. But Stalin could not help but look at his favorite number. Therefore, Sergei Vladimirovich received a personal request from the ruler to speak. Naturally, Jose and Carmen immediately appeared on the stage. And the leader laughed sincerely, and then shouted: “Well done! I love!"
The father of the main Soviet puppeteer lived to be 75 years old and died in 1948. He saw how successful his son had become, could watch him take off. Undoubtedly, he was proud of the achievements of Sergei Vladimirovich, but sometimes he exclaimed in surprise: "Here you are - I started playing with dolls, a loser!"
However, these words should not be taken seriously. Is it possible to call the fate of Sergei Obraztsov unsuccessful? He became an Honored Artist of the RSFSR at the age of 34, at 46 he received the title of People's Artist of the RSFSR, had many honorary titles and awards. But the main thing is that he has been doing what he loves all his life, bringing dolls to life and delighting people with his creativity. He was a happy man, Sergei Vladimirovich Obraztsov, a great puppeteer of all times and peoples.
Sergey Vladimirovich Obraztsov directed the Moscow Central Puppet Theater for more than 60 years, from the very moment of its creation. And also a famous director called his apartment the Cabinet of Curiosities, because the most unusual and sometimes unexpected objects were collected in it.