How Natalya Varley Panochka in the movie "Viy" has become. Photo tests

As Natalya Varley Panochka in the film

Not everyone knows that the role of Panochka in the film "Viy" was originally approved not by Natalya Varley, but by another actress. Moreover, a significant part of the film was already shot with her, when I had to urgently change the actress and re-take everything anew
When the directors Konstantin Ershov and Georgy Kropachyov set to work on the film "Viy", they invited many remarkable young actresses to the tests. Here are a few names, from those who tried for the role: Ada Rogovtseva, Elena Sanko, Zhanna Bolotova, Svetlana Korkoshko. But none of them did not suit the directors. Here are some of the photo tests that I managed to find.
As Natalya Varley Panochka in the film

As Natalya Varley Panochka in the film

As Natalya Varley Panochka in the film

As Natalya Varley Panochka in the film

As Natalya Varley Panochka in the film

But when Georgy Kropachyov saw Alexander Zavyalov, he realized that there was no need to conduct more tests - the actress was found
It was with Zavyalova in the title role that work began on the film. But when almost half of the material was already filmed with her, the actress suddenly suddenly changed, and all the work had to start all over again.
Why? There are several versions to this.
First: Alexandra Zavyalova was forced to give up her role due to illness.
Second: She was busy on the set in another film - “Four Pages of a Young Life” by Rezo Isadze. And, sort of like, the director, who at that time had an affair with Zavyalova, forbade her to star in another film until he finishes the film. Isadze personally called Kropacheva and asked to remove the actress from the role
Third: The indiscreet Zavyalov was removed from the role personally Pyryev from behind the affair with an American businessman
In any case, Pyryev, who closely supervised the process of filming, decided to invite Natalia Varley to the role of Panochka, who debuted very well with Gaidai (Khilkevich’s episode does not count).
She was in favor of a circus training, because Panochka needed to fly in a coffin around the church, and computer graphics were not yet there
As Natalya Varley Panochka in the film

All filmed with Zavyalova film was washed away. But to see her in the film is still possible. Only one episode remained, which was not replaced and in which the original actress is visible in the role of Panochka
Here is a shot from the movie.
As Natalya Varley Panochka in the film

Used footage from the film "Viy", dir. K. Ershov and G.

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