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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)
Oleg Menshikov ...
Tolstoy
Aleksey Petrenko ...
Radlov
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Makkreken (as Richard Kharris)
Vladimir Ilin ...
Mokin
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Polievskiy
Nikita Tatarenkov ...
Alibekov
Georgiy Dronov ...
Nazarov
Artyom Mikhalkov ...
Buturlin
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Kopnovskiy (as Daniel Olbrykhskiy)
Marina Neyolova ...
Mat Tolstogo
Avangard Leontev ...
Dyadya Nikolya
Anna Mikhalkova ...
Dunyasha
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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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20 February 1999 (Russia)  »

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When the Shrovetide (Maslenitsa) scene was being filmed the temperature on the lake grew up to +12 centigrade and the ice could have broken with all the actors and decorations. So the movie makers had to cover it with dry ice and use liquid nitrogen constantly. 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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Piano Concerto no. 23
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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fabulous
7 September 2004 | by (Kent & Madrid) – See all my reviews

In its extended version -where the characters are fully developed and the relationships between them fully explored- this movie is incredible. Not just because Oleg Menshikov is a fabulous actor and Julia Ormond does some of the best acting I've seen her do, but because the plot is interesting and well written and the filming is beautiful.

In the butchered and censored short version crucial elements of the story are missing (especially the complete dialogues between Andrei and Jane and the majority of their scene in bed) and the movie is OK but nothing special.

Why would the studio even release such a lame version? Can you imagine a two hour version of Gone with the Wind? Or a 90 minute version of Titanic?

I saw the full 4 and ½ hours extended film in a cinema and no one walked out because it was too long. I saw the short version on the Cosmo channel and I really don't understand why the producers would stab themselves in the back by releasing a watered down and lacking version –presumably for audiences with short attention spans?- but I recommend avoiding the 3 hours one and holding out for the real film.


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