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No whining with a cat under your arm

In Khabarovsk, a film about a musical legend - the leader of the band "Orchestral pit" Kole Nikitine

Release movie  "No whining" ("With the cat under the armpit"), which included rare archival footage collected in bitches at local film studios, at the family, friends and fans, was 14 February 2018 on Youtube. Authors - Dmitry Lebukhov and Alexey Elash. The timing was broken, the mounting station was "flying", - they say, it's Kolya Nikitin, who was known as a big modest person, "shaman". 

The founder of the Khabarovsk group and the music studio of the same name "Orchestrovaya Yama" left to travel with a dog and a bicycle in May 2009 from the village of Khurmuli along the Chegdomyn - Birakan route. In mid-June, he was supposed to appear in Birobidzhan. In early June, railroad workers saw him 20 km from the village of Evoron. This ends the thread. The whole world was looking for Kolya Nikitin, but to no avail. Relatives and friends found Kolya's things, and later discovered a fire with his half-burnt clothes. The musician seemed to disappear into thin air. The fate of the Khabarovsk legend is still unknown, but we still have his songs. Since 2010, the festival in memory of Kolya Nikitin "DOKole" has been held in the Far Eastern capital. The film's director Irina Fandeeva told East Russia about the feelings of the musician's image, about the film and its music. 

No whining with a cat under your arm
"I did not know Kohl Nikitin in person, I never saw him." After the short journey that I took while I was working on the film, I still do not understand whether I managed to learn anything about Kolya. to know him himself - hardly, "Irina Fandeyeva shares. - But all the time that I took "No whining", has become such a special personal experience, pinching immersion, dissolution in a man with whom it is hardly possible even to talk. So do authors of other people's biographies feel?

Why so far no one has made a film about him, I thought. Why did not anyone want to tell everyone about it? Oleg Kovriga wrote about Kolya in his book "What I saw." But the Khabarovsk citizens? Khabarovsk residents hold annual concerts "Before Kolya". Local bands play their songs and songs of the "Orchestra pit" on them. Khabarovsk residents know (knew?) Kolya, and, probably, they do not have any sense to tell each other about him. And for me, Kolya Nikitin became a piercing revelation, he could not let me go.

Either Kolya at first did not really want the film to appear, or the stars were not in our favor, but at first there were events that slowed down the appearance of the film. Equipment broke down, disks fell, archives flew. Constant sound problems. But at some point, there was practically no need to build a picture - everything fell on the editing strip by itself. Rather, the line lined up right in the head - just have time to cut long pieces of the original video. Monologues turned into dialogues, dialogues - into a kind of collective narrative. The people in the film seem to tell each of them about their Kolya Nikitin - these Kolya have a lot in common, but none of them seem to be real Kolya. Because the real one is the one that will turn out if all these stories told by Kolya are put together. Or someone who, for some unknown reason, decided not to leave the taiga. And not a word was said about this Kolya.

Oleg Kovriga remembers how Kolya admitted that he wants to leave Moscow for Khabarovsk, because he never wanted to play there. At the same time it seems to me that Kolina music is not Khabarovsk music. (I heard the music of Khabarovsk - it's quite different.) It can not be defined as Far Eastern music, as some kind of "characteristic Far Eastern sound". In comparison, say, with the "Mission: Anticyclone", which I consider an example of Far Eastern music. Kolya could have gone with a cat under his arm in his favorite A-minor for any city. Let and uncover keys in the capital at some point he did not want. 

It is possible to perceive his songs in different ways. Someone will see funny stories in them (perhaps Saprykin was worried about this). And someone has a profound philosophical meaning. In my opinion, this is what happens to the listeners of Psoya Korolenko: for some, it's funny "the Pinocchio was stupid", and the others are shivering from "the mole will free us" ... I do not think that Kolya Nikitin would explain to listeners what exactly he meant, writing "soon my back grows mushrooms."

For several months, while working on "No whining", living the story of Nikolay Nikitin, I saw more and more signs that he put in the songs. Put it to someone or myself. Or the signs placed themselves. At some point, it began to seem to me that every line of it - both songs and poems - was prophetic. To look at his photo to me, to a man who had nothing to do with him, it became unbearably difficult. There was an indispensable goal: to finish the film, no matter how much technology it killed. And then everything "happened". So the story of the Orchestra pit became a little of mine. Hardly ever will I see Kolya Nikitin. But I'm glad I could show it to myself. I did not know how the film would turn out. Now I think that it turned out even before I sat down for the editing machine "- admitted the director of the film" No whining. With the cat under the arm "Irina Fandeeva. 


Oleg Kovriga (head of the label "Branch Exit"): When we started working with Kolya, the “YOUKIT Branch” entered the golden age. Almost immediately, I realized how lucky I was. For the first time in a long time, I felt that there was a wall behind me. "May my friend always protect my back" ... I would gladly work with Kolya all my life. But it was pointless to keep him ... I did not immediately recognize that Kolya was a musician. We have been working together for about a year now, and he brought cassettes with his recordings. And then he said that he wanted to publish two discs of the "Orchestra Pit" at his own expense: "O'Ya!" and the "Ashtray". Into the disc "O'Ya!" Kolya put sprigs of weeds, and in the "Ashtray" - "Belomorina". Mamonov later regretted that he did not have time to do the same - he also wanted to go to his Electro T. insert a piece of wire.

Yuri Saprykin (Editor-in-Chief of Rambler-Ashifi): For me, Kolya Nikitin's music is something very personal. She doesn't want to share with anyone. It's scary to think that someone could listen to these songs and laugh. This is akin to some kind of betrayal. I remember hearing the song "I walk, wander around the city under a fly with a cat under my arm." And it seemed to me so touching, because then I myself was often in such a state ...

Peter Mamonov (musician, actor): I love his music. I was doing the program "Golden Regiment", one of the episodes was called "Russian Rock". There I had "Polite Refusal", "Center" ... and so I took one song of the "Orchestral Pit" - "Ashtray of the Brain". And one of my friends, and she is such a woman in years, told later: “So I liked your program, especially this song -“ ... your cigarette butt, moron ”. And she just got younger all. These are the effects! It is immediately clear that a person did not do it because of money, not because of some kind of "relaxation", not in order to enter some space ... He did it from a pure heart, and it always rings.

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