Mosfilm

Around 1998 I happened to be in Moscow and a friend, who was a talent agent said she could get me into Mosfilm. Mosfilm was the biggest film studio in Moscow and it was off limits to foreigners, especially ones with cameras. Nonetheless, on a sunny morning, she, with the aid of a well known actress, slipped me in the front gate. I was instructed to say nothing, as the story was I had laryngitis. The guards attention was drawn to the actress who smiled and flirted with the guard and he just waived me in. We did this over four days. Once inside, no one asked, no one cared. I then was introduced to the amazing wealth of Russian filmmakers and actors. We would be walking down a hall and my friend would stick her head in some writer or directors office and tell them she smuggled in an American photographer...and he wants to photograph you...thus my days were spent. Having been in Moscow on a mini vacation, the only camera I had with me was a Mamiya Universal, a monster rangefinder with a 6x7" back and a polaroid back that leaked light. I was in my art phase...and since all Russian Directors were artists, they loved the dreamy quality this camera presented the images...

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