To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the victory against the fascists in World War II, a TV mini series of 20 sequels titled "The Dawns Here are Quiet," which was heavily invested in by China TV and Movie Co., is now showing at prime time on CCTV Channel 1. This has led to some repercussions from the audience.
Unique theme: why entitled "The Dawns Here are Quiet"
"There are many such literary works in this period about the war of national defense in the former Soviet Union," said Wei Ping, general manager of the national department for making TV programs and movies, "but the literary work ��The Dawns Here are Quiet' can be considered a landmark of military literature from the Soviet Union. By casting aside battlefield scenes, the movie, through the fate of women soldiers, gives a description of the war that depicts the damage and destruction it brought to the beautiful lives of the people, thus portraying in a stronger sense an anti-war theme and a concern for humanity." In the beginning of the 1980's, a Soviet movie of the same title was shown in China and numerous Chinese audiences were greatly impressed. The original novel had been performed many times in the opera theater as well. The shooting of this TV mini series has brought the novel to television for the first time. With preparation starting in the beginning of 2002, the China TV and Movie team has frequently been in touch with B.Vasiliev, the writer of the original works, and bought the copyright from him. The writer is already at the advanced age of 80, and when he learned that the shooting would begin he got very excited and said, "a long time has gone by and I can't believe that you would still consider my work and do such a good job adapting it to film!"
Unique cast: an utterly new drama troupe of Sino-Russian cooperation
All of the roles in the drama are played by actors and actresses from Russia, while the main producers from the drama, such as producer Lang Yun, director Mao Weining and the directors of film-shooting, artwork and property are all Chinese. Such a formation has brought about a completely new working style and sense of freshness. Director Mao Weining, rich in film shooting experience, has taken several trips to Russia to exchange views with the writer of the original novel and with the Russian actors and actresses in order to produce a TV drama that would be accepted and recognized both by Russian and Chinese audiences. The lead actor in the TV drama was played by a talented student from the Moscow Movie Institute, and he is very popular among Russian youth. The women soldiers are played by students from the Movie Institute and another art school.
Unique scenes: imported logs from Russia; a village erected in 40 days
Heihe, situated on the banks of the Heilongjiang
River,was selected by the drama troupe of "The Dawns Here are Quiet." They imported logs from Russia and in only 40 days they succeeded in replicating a Russian village of the 1940's, complete with some 30-odd rooms of pure wood, a warehouse for storing camera equipment and a railway. The majority of the shooting was done in this village. Wei Ping told the reporter that, when looking for scenery locations, the drama troupe found that it was not an easy job to locate an old village in Russia similar to the one described in the novel. The piece of land at Heihe, however, was quite similar to land depicted in the novel. There were also mountains, water and white birch forests so the drama troupe decided to make Heihe the scene for shooting the drama. By so doing it also solved some other unfavorable factors which may have been encountered if the film had been shot in Russia. The completion of the village not only surprised the Chinese people but also the Russian actors and actresses and many local people from Heihe were attracted to visit.
By People's Daily Online