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Sibirskiy tsiryulnik (1998) Poster

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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.
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When the Shrovetide (Maslenitsa) scene was being filmed, the temperature on the lake got up to twelve degrees Celsius (fifty-four degrees Fahrenheit), and the ice could have broken with all of the actors, actresses, and decorations. So the filmmakers had to cover it with dry ice, and use liquid nitrogen constantly.
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All the dishes used in the movie were custom made by Czech glassblowers.
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The title as it is shown in the credits uses old Russian orthography, abandoned after the October Socialist Revolution of 1917.
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The actors who played the officers were trained for several months in military academy in Kostroma according to the drill regulations and guard duty of the end of the nineteenth century.
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For the scenes showing the Kremlin, the luminescent stars on the top of the building's towers had to be turned off, as the story takes place in 1885, and the stars were installed in the 1930s. This was the second of two times the stars were ever turned off, the first one being during World War II, when the Kremlin was camouflaged by turning off all of its lights.
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For many years, the movie held the title of the most expensive Russian movie ever made. It was beaten by Obitaemyy ostrov (2009), which in turn was beaten by another movie by Nikita Mikhalkov, Burnt by the Sun 2 (2010).
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Official submission from Russia for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 71st Academy Awards in 1999.
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The film opened the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
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