The first book of scandalous confessions by the Russian film director Andrey Konchalovsky, “Low truths” is much more than just curios. On its pages the great film-maker reveals his exciting memories from the childhood in his renowned family, from his first steps in the cinema and the problems with the censorship in USSR, his Hollywood breakthrough and intimate relations with famous actresses.
“Deception which elevates us is dearer to us than a host of low truths”, said Alexander S. Pushkin. So what are “low truths”? They are something which you know about yourself but which is unpleasant to know, and especially to hear from others. Something which requires thinking, which makes one feel uncomfortable. And on the whole – to grow. Elevating deception does not contribute to growth… Why wasn’t Chaadayev accepted, why was he declared insane? Some people deny him categorically even today. Though he was right in many respects. But he spoke about the “low truths” which created a feeling of discomfort, which were not supposed to be talked about. And so far no one was put to lunatic asylum for “elevating deception”. While enough people suffered for the “low truths”. As a rule, it was exactly for that. And it is not only in Russia where things are like that – no one in the world needs “the frightening truth”. It is needed in order to conceal it. So that a few people knew it and did not allow others to it”.