Three-part Soviet film “Three fun shifts” was released in 1978 and is a comedy for children about camp life. For fans of historical places, it will be especially interesting to watch the second series, - "Mikoshi's Mistake", where the main events unfold on the ruins Mir Castle, as well as inside tombs of Svyatopolk-Mirsky.

Mir Castle in the film "Three merry shifts"

Three funny shifts where was the movie filmed?

The main characters of the film use these locations as a kind of base, while the audience, meanwhile, has the opportunity to consider one of the main sights of Belarus the way it was in the late 70s. At that time, the castle was abandoned, the reconstruction of the complex will begin only after 7 years.

Where was Three Happy Shifts filmed?

In addition to scenes showing the castle inside and out, there are also unique aerial shots.

What did the Mir Castle look like before the reconstruction?

Mir Castle in the film "Three merry shifts"

The chapel-tomb is shown several times in the film; it is assigned the role of an unknown tower, where children constantly gather.

Tomb of Svyatopolk-Mirsky old footage

The chapel of the old family is immediately recognizable by the door with crosses. At the time of filming, the building was no longer used as a distillery warehouse.

Chapel-tomb in the movie Three merry shifts

Authentic objects from the time of Svyatopolk-Mirsky flicker on the frames, and one of the heroes even wears an old lantern - perhaps these were the ones standing near them the palace.

"Mikoshi's Mistake"

The tomb of Svyatopolk-Mirsky in the film Three merry shifts

Stills from the film "Three merry shifts" filmed in Belarus

Quite a few scenes show the corridors and towers of the Mir Castle, though at night, so it’s hard to make out something due to poor lighting.

Mir Castle in the film "Three merry shifts"

It is curious that “Three merry shifts” is far from the only film where a castle is shown in the urban village of Mir. This location was used for filming many times, both in Soviet times and in later years. Once the castle was even depicted in anime Code Geass.


Look also at Ruzhany Palace in the films of the Soviet period.


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