In the 60s of the last century, it was released on cinema screens film “Through the Cemetery”, based on the story of the same name by Pavel Nilin. It’s interesting to watch the film even today to see gorgeous shots of Minsk (the “Lower” market, Kalvaria flashes here). There are interesting shots outside the capital, so the film begins with a scene where the ruins are clearly visible Mir Castle.

Ruins of Mir Castle old video

Directors have repeatedly chosen this location for filming films, for example in “Three fun shifts“There are even shots taken from the air.

Castle ruins in Myra - film Through the Cemetery

It’s interesting that “Through the Cemetery” begins and ends with the village of Mir; perhaps there is some symbolism in this. In the last minutes of the films, the viewer is shown a glimpse chapel-tomb of Svyatopolk-Mirsky. At the time of filming, there was a granary within the walls of this chapel.

Old films of Belarus

Ruins of Mir Castle in the film Through the Cemetery

An experienced viewer will probably be able to identify some other places Belarus, which are shown in the film. However, to be honest, it is the footage of Minsk that I want to see most of all.

Kalvariyskoe Cemetery recognizable immediately; the massive gate at the entrance leaves no doubt. The same scenes contain footage filmed inside the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross, which was abandoned at that time.

Calvary Cemetery in the film "Through the Cemetery"

The most gorgeous shots are, of course, those where you can see the Low Market, the old Nemiga and Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Old Mensk - film Through the Cemetery

Shots of old Mensk

It is almost impossible to recognize modern Nemiga; it was this part of the city that in the late 60s would be rebuilt beyond recognition.

Mensk - old photo

Nizhny city old photo

As I wrote above, watching “Through the Cemetery”, you can notice not only the aforementioned Minsk and Mir, there are also plenty of scenes with unidentified places in Belarus. There are shots where you can see elements of some abandoned estate, a large village with ordinary buildings, an ancient cemetery and much more.

Images of Belarus from the 1964 film “Through the Cemetery”

If you are interested in looking at old movie stills, I recommend - Ruzhany Palace in films Soviet times and Minsk in the film “Beloved” 1967 year.


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