Diva of Soviet cinema: 9 brightest roles of Margarita Terekhova

Diva of Soviet cinema: 9 brightest roles of Margarita Terekhova
Diva of Soviet cinema: 9 brightest roles of Margarita Terekhova

One of those without whom it is impossible to imagine Soviet cinema is Margarita Terekhova. This week, the beloved actress of several generations turns 76 (August 25 – the day of her birth). Unfortunately, Terekhova has not been removed for a long time, now she is focused on her health, but in our memory heroines continue to live, which she sang in cult paintings.

In the past, Margarita Terekhova – a recognized sex symbol of Russian cinema, while considered the most mysterious actress of the Soviet screen. The directors who worked with her talked about her “negative charm” – the ability to be both attractive and repulsive. What films do you need to see to make sure that Terekhova is the real diva of our cinema? We tell in our material.

“Running on the waves”

In one of her first roles, Margarita is fascinatingly beautiful: what is the only scene in which her heroine is to the protagonist in the image of a vision.

The 25-year-old actress, who recently graduated from the Moscow Mossovet Theater, managed to play only one film at the time of filming. Later, the role of Bicea Senyel (and at the same time Frei Grant) from “Running on the Waves” critics was recognized as one of the best in Terekhova’s biography. Here she played a soft and kind girl – as opposed to her later and more famous characters.

The Soviet-Bulgarian drama was based on the classic work of Alexander Green. The main male role was played by the Bulgarian actor Savva Khashimov, with whom Terekhova began a novel. For the sake of a new love, the actor left the family, he and Margarita got married, and they had a daughter, Anna. It was the second marriage of the actress, and he lasted only two years.

As for the film, not so many spectators have seen it to this day: the tape has been banned for a long time, as the script was written by the playwright and poet Alexander Galich, who was in the 60s in disgrace with the authorities.


Is it easy to imagine that one of today’s cute beauties would agree to be removed without make-up? A Terekhova went for it, as the legendary Andrei Tarkovsky wished to see her in the frame with almost no makeup. They say that the operator Georgi Rerberg, before starting shooting, each time checked to see if there was any make-up on the actress’s face: it was necessary to achieve maximum naturalness.
After the release of the film, Terekhov was called the “actress of Tarkovsky,” and she herself, as her friends say, could not afford to be removed “in anything.” She had a special relationship with Tarkovsky, both of whom even called it a kind of love, although it was not about the novel. According to the actress, the director was for her “a teacher, a demigod”, besides, he was not free.


After appearing in the drama “Monologue”, Margarita Terekhova proved her ability to reincarnate. The directors who filmed her say that she always refused the makeup that passes the age. According to the actress, you can “grow up” or “grow old” if you completely get used to the image. So, in “Monologue” she first played a 17-year-old girl, then her heroine is about 25, and in the finals she is already tired of just 40-year-old woman. In reality, she was 30.

Shot from the film “Monologue”

Surprisingly, the star really did manage such reincarnations, and it had its own recipes (for example, the lack of sleep helped to look older). Later, she again played the heroines of a much more respectable age than her own:

Old age is not played by makeup, it goes through the eyes and through the hands,

Terekhova is sure.

“Schedule for the day after tomorrow”

This movie is not afraid to try on yourself not only the role of fatal beauties and seductresses, but also completely ordinary women. In the “Schedule for the day after tomorrow” Terekhova played a literature teacher, but at that time (the film was released in 1978) looked quite fashionable.

“Blue bird”

In the film of the joint production of the USSR and the USA, Margarita Terekhova found herself in the company of Hollywood stars: in the tape of 1976, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Jane Fonda were shot. It is clear that Terekhova was in this case “our response to Hollywood” – and quite worthy. The actress played … milk: according to the plot of the fantasy genre, heroes got a magic diamond in their hands, with the help of which it was possible to humanize objects and phenomena – fire, night, milk, sugar and so on.

“Dog in the manger”

Among the most popular heroines Terekhova – Countess de Bellefler from the “Dogs in the manger”. By the way, even the filmmakers themselves did not expect that the comedy of Lope de Vega’s play would be such a success. It has been more than 40 years, and the film is still often shown on TV, and the audience every time it is watched.
During the filming process, Margarita Terekhova, as eyewitnesses say, often argued with director Ian Fried, and he repeatedly had to make concessions, so that the character of her heroine made her own adjustments. So, for example, in a scene where her heroine Diana gives a slap to the character of Mikhail Boyarsky, the director wanted the actress to barely touch the face of the partner. Terekhova assured that the audience would not believe, if it was not for real, and beat Boyarsky with such force that his blood blew and tears came out. By the way, Boyarsky actress was also credited with the novel, but both say that this is just fantasies of the press and fans.

“Let’s get married”

From costume historical projects Margarita Terekhova easily turned to films about everyday reality. “Let’s get married” – not the most famous of her films, but the image of her heroine Elena was close to a lot of Soviet women. As well as the idea sounding in the tape that you can find happiness at any age.

“Who will go to Truskavets?”

This film was filmed simultaneously with the “Dog in the manger”. “Incredibly feminine” is the most frequent epithet by which viewers describe the image of her heroine in the tape “Who will go to Truskavets?”. By the way, the main characters do not even have names, the film is a kind of lyrical sketch about life.

“D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers”

The role of Milady Winter can be safely called the most stellar in Terekhova’s filmography. Directed by Georgy Yungvald-Khilkevich was going to give the role of another actress – Elena Solovey, but she refused to participate in the project because of pregnancy – just a week before filming. Now it is difficult for us to imagine Milady as someone other than Margarita Terekhova, and then the director offered to play this heroine with his old acquaintance only because all the other pretenders did not like him categorically, and there was no time to think.

Shot from the film “D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers”

Terekhova again “corrected” the image of the heroine to your liking, making it much more audacious and tough than the scenario suggested. But the actress herself, at the director’s request, had to make some sacrifices: her hair was literally burnt, since she had to do a perm every time before shooting – Yungvald-Khilkevich wanted Milady to have a magnificent shock of curly hair.

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