His detectives are not inferior to the best films of the classics of the genre
“Chekhov and Co”
The audience is well aware of Dmitry Brusnikin, first of all, as a theater director. However, together with a group of colleagues: Zinovy Roizman, Alexander Feklistov, and Yuri Berdnikov, in 1998 he shot his first film, for which he co-wrote the script. This is a 10-part work dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Moscow Art Theater. A.P. Chekhov. The television movie includes thirty short stories based on the writer’s stories. Bruskin himself played in three of them.
In 2001, directors Vladimir Krasnopolsky and Valery Uskov invited Dmitry Brusnikin to star in the TV series Detectives − 1. These are detective stories, which are investigated for 24 hours by an experienced professional Kolapushin, and his student and partner Nemigailo. One of the main characters in the third film “The Olive Tree” was Alexey Garden, who was brilliantly played by Brusnikin. And in the next season, “Detectives-2” (2003), he already acted as a director.
“MUR is MUR”
Bruskin continued the detective theme in his next directorial work. In 2004, he directed the TV series “MUR is MUR” based on the novel by Anatoly Stepanov “Fifty-third worries.” Eight episodes tell about the everyday life of Alexander Smirnov, head of the operational group of the first department of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department. After Stalin’s death, another era began – freedom and permissiveness, the policeman had a lot of things to do. Therefore, the picture is replete with shots, chases, stunt tricks. In 2005, Dmitry Brusnikin shoots the sequel to the series “MUR is MUR-2,” which takes place in 1969 in Siberia, and “MUR is MUR-3,” which tells about Moscow in 1990. In the third part, he shot his son Philip, who later began to move more and more away from the profession of an actor, becoming a successful producer.
Law & Order: Operational Investigation Department
In 2006, Dmitry Brusnikin, in collaboration with his wife Marina, released the first part of the series “Operational Investigations Department” – an analog of the American “Law and Order: Special
Department”. Two pairs of detectives, led by the head of the department and the prosecutor, brilliantly investigate crimes committed on sexual grounds. Dmitry Brusnikin himself plays the main role in his brainchild – Colonel Anatoly Ivanovich Sedykh. In 2007, the second part of the series was released, in 2008 – the third, and in 2010 – the fourth.
In 2016, television begins showing a new detective, filmed by a talented director a year earlier. This time Dmitry Brusnikin is dressing a woman in a uniform – Police Lieutenant Colonel Alexandra Kushnir is moving from Moscow to a small town on the Black Sea coast to the position of head of the Criminal Investigation Department. However, her colleagues dislike her and call her “Snoop” behind her back. One of the roles in the series, Deputy Anastasia Udaltsova, was played by the director’s wife Marina, and their son Philip Brusnikin became a co-producer of the film. In 2018, the second part of the series was released; the third is being prepared for release. Alas, Dmitry Brusnikin himself will no longer see his brainchild on television.