“…In directing, everything you say means almost nothing. It’s only a thought, even if it’s true. And the actor, even if he comprehends it, won’t play it all the same. Because it’s impossible to play a thought; it will be a far-too-common nothing. You’ve got to find a concrete expression of the thought and the feeling – very concrete. All the while not losing the common feeling, or even the common thought. Think everything over, and then pretend as if you’ve forgotten everything and put something concrete together on stage…”
Anatoly Efros remained “just-another-director” at the Moscow Drama Theatre on Malaya Bronnaya until March 1984. He directed “The Veranda in the Woods,” by I. M. Dvoretskiy; “Don Juan: The Sequel,” by E. S. Radzinskiy; “The Road,” by V. Balyasniy (after the poem “Dead Souls,” by N. V. Gogol); “Summer and Smoke,” by T. Williams; “Reminiscence,” by A. N. Arbuzov; “The Outsider,” by I. M. Dvoretsky (in a new, cut version); “Three Sisters,” by A. P. Chekhov; “Napoleon the First,” by F. Bruckner; and “The Theatre Director,” by I. M. Dvoretsky.
He continued to work extensively in television – the teleplays “Islands in the Ocean,” by E. Hemingway, “Then Comes Silence,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “A Month in the Country;” on the radio, the radio plays “The Stranger,” by A. Blok; “A Feast in Time of Plague,” by A. S. Pushkin; “The Life of Mr. de Molière,” by M. A. Bulgakov (in which chapters from the novel are read by A. Efros); “The Stone Guest,” by A. S. Pushkin; and “Mozart and Salieri,” by A. S. Pushkin.
In 1979, Efros’ film “On Thursday and Never Again” was released.
“…At some point, while reading the letters of the impressionists or “The Diaries of the Theatre Director” by Antoine, I dreamed of working on my own creative work from morning til night, like them. I envied their frost. Like that – through the frost I fulfilled my quota, it seemed…"
At MXAT, A. V. Efros staged “Tartuffe,” by Molière, and “The Living Corpse,” by L. N. Tolstoy; in the Pushkin Museum, as part of the festival “December Evenings,” he staged “The Tempest,” by W. Shakespeare; and with his students at GITIS, “Hot and Cold, or Mr. Dom’s Idea,” by F. Krommelynck.
From 1978 he worked abroad: he staged “The Marriage” and “Molière, or the Cabal of Hypocrites“ at the Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis, USA); “The Cherry Orchard” and “Natasha,” after Turgenev’s play “A Month in the Country,” in the Toen Theatre (Tokyo, Japan); “The Cherry Orchard” in the Finnish National Theatre (Helsinki, Finland). In 1979, the publisher “Iskusstvo" released his book “Profession: Director.”
“…When creative work goes well, when the goal is clear, people are on friendly terms. When one or another artistic difficulty begins, the people of the theatre not-infrequently fall into nervousness. And from just one of those, they perish like artists…”