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The Barber of Siberia (1998)
"Sibirskiy tsiryulnik" (original title)

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Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant, ... See full summary »

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Dzheyn (as Dzhuliya Ormond)
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Aleksey Petrenko ...
Radlov
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Nikita Tatarenkov ...
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Georgiy Dronov ...
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Buturlin
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Marina Neyolova ...
Mat Tolstogo
Avangard Leontev ...
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Forsten (as Robert Khardi)
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
Perepelkina (as Elizabet Spriggs)
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Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant, who falls in love with a young Russian officer, André, and spends the next 10 years perfecting the harvester and pursuing her love, who has been exiled to Siberia. Written by http://xpress.inforis.nnov.su/n-nov/nn-update/1996-11/barber.html.k

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The winter in 1997 was uncommonly snowless and warm but the movie makers wanted to film snowy Moscow streets and the Kremlin. So they used hundreds of tons of artificial snow. See more »

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In scenes that take place in 1885, the cadets are carrying Mosin-Nagant rifles. This rifle did not exist at the time. It was introduced into service in 1891. The standard Russian infantry arm in the 1880's was the Berdan rifle. See more »

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Definitely viewable, warts and all
22 October 2001 | by (Trivandrum, Kerala, India) – See all my reviews

This is not Mikhalkov's best film. Yet a Mikhalkov film is one that presents a story with a twinkle in the eye. His films come very near to the black comedy genre. Take his swipe at the average American not understanding Mozart's music--if it is taken literally, it will cloud the Mikhalkov perspective of life through cinema. That perspective is poles apart from the filmmaking of his half brother Andrei Mikhalkov Konchalovsky, who is serious and quite a bit of a perfectionist (he worked with Andrei Tarkovsky on his earlier movies), e.g. "Runaway Train" and "Shy People" made in Hollywood or "Siberiade" made in the former USSR.

Mikhalkov makes serious scenes seem light and a lark: the deportation to Siberia marked with opera singing; the dangerous duel that ends with a hero lying wounded in a Quixotic manner; a very tall Czar Alexander (the director) who puts down his queen with a most 'unroyal' remark. Mikhalkov and his half brother are great visualizers and have good ears for music--which is why the film is a treat to watch--natural splendors of Siberia, recreating a "Dr Zhivago" milieu with more authenticity than Mr Lean (who did a great job considering he could not shoot his film in the USSR).

I am a great admirer of good Russian cinema: especially the works of Tarkovsky, Kozintsev, Eisenstein, Konchalovsky, Talankin in that order. Mikhalkov is not the best but all his films are worth a view. But I have one suggestion--never take his films as what appears for there is a layer underneath the obvious--that needs to be seen tongue in cheek. And unlike Konchalovsky--the quality of direction is never consistent in Mikhalkov's works--it varies from the brilliant to the almost stupid.

But Mr Mikhalkov, what a pathetic waste of Richard Harris' talent to merely advertise his name in the credits for an insignificant role in a long movie...


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