Why Eldar Ryazanov shot the film "Garage"
When Eldar Ryazanov was finishing work on the movie "Office Romance", it so happened that he had to leave for a meeting of the garage-building cooperative at Mosfilm. Minutes for 15-20, the director thought so. When he only came out of there in half a day, he practically had a plot for a new film.
Practically everything that we see in the film actually happened at Mosfilm. Only the shareholders of the cooperative were not fictional employees of scientific research institutes, but quite recognizable figures in the whole country. And all these people whom he had known for years, whom he considered to be deeply decent, suddenly behaved absolutely unpredictably
The theme of the real meeting was the same as in the film made by him later: the land allocated for the construction of garages was reduced; accordingly, it was necessary to reduce the number of shareholders. As a result, those who could not stand up for themselves were excluded from the list of “lucky ones”. And those who had the right to loud voices did not stand up for them
And the most shameful personally for the director was the fact that he himself turned into another person.He, too, did not intervene for anyone, catching himself on a cowardly thought: thank God, he remained on the list of treasured. At the real meeting, Ryazanov did not sleep off like his hero in the film. His behavior was closer to the professor, played by Leonid Markov - a professor who had two garages for one family, and in order not to take away the extra garage, he chose to keep silent and vote for the exception
He was at a real meeting and his "son of Miloserdov" - the son of the chairman of the city council of Promyslov
... This story did not give him peace. And then Ryazanov decided to make a film with a similar plot: how, in general, decent people, under the influence of circumstances, turn into cynics and scoundrels.