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Vlad Monroe
Silent movie or heart cancer

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro.
From “Silent movie or heart cancer” series. 
2004. 
The collection of the Moscow House of Photography Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro.
From “Silent movie or heart cancer” series. 
2004. 
The collection of the Moscow House of Photography Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro.
From “Silent movie or heart cancer” series. 
2004. 
The collection of the Moscow House of Photography Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro.
From “Silent movie or heart cancer” series. 
2004. 
The collection of the Moscow House of Photography Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro.
From “Silent movie or heart cancer” series. 
2004. 
The collection of the Moscow House of Photography

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro. From “Silent movie or heart cancer” series. 2004. The collection of the Moscow House of Photography

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro. From “Silent movie or heart cancer” series. 2004. The collection of the Moscow House of Photography

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro. From “Silent movie or heart cancer” series. 2004. The collection of the Moscow House of Photography

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro. From “Silent movie or heart cancer” series. 2004. The collection of the Moscow House of Photography

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monro. From “Silent movie or heart cancer” series. 2004. The collection of the Moscow House of Photography

Moscow, 18.03.2005—10.04.2005

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Malyshev-Monroe is widely known for his reincarnating abilities. He manages to look more like his chosen personage than the personage himself. His Stirlitz is more than Stirlitz, the image of Liubov Orlova is so identical with the original, that many people who saw the series, devoted to the actress, were left with the impression that it is really her on some old photograph. Sometimes Malyshev-Monroe makes himself up with great care, at other times only a single stroke of paint over a cheek is enough — and we see a different hero, becoming strikingly evident on his face. Depending on his goal his personages might be funny or emotional, but they are always plastically accurate. The series «Silent Films or the Heart Cancer» is dedicated to the great actors of old movies, including Charlie Chaplin and the lovely blind girl from the famous motion picture. The feelings and postures of all the four pairs are exaggerated in accordance to the rules of the genre. The author holds the opinion that silent movie actors play their role almost at the breaking point of human ability. It is this hyperbolic emotion which is conveyed by extremely forceful gestures and postures. It has been demonstrated before that if Malyshev-Monroe chooses some image, and it is a live person, we will soon hear about him, while if its a hero of the past, then we don’t know yet some part of his story. So if the series is called «Heart Cancer»... Was it this disease that killed the beautiful shadows of the past, that were so emotional in expressing their presentiment of the forthcoming catastrophe? And if Charlie died an old man, this is solely a fact of his individual biography or strength, which cannot be altered either by Malyshev-Monroe, or by any other natural force.

Elena Selina