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The State Counsellor (2005)
"Statskiy sovetnik" (original title)

 -  Drama | Crime  -  21 April 2005 (Russia)
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Third film based on Boris Akunin's "Priklucheniya Erasta Petrovicha Fandorina" series of novels. On a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow general Khrapov was killed and no one else but ... See full summary »

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Kozyr
Oleg Tabakov ...
Count Vladimir Dolgorukov
Oksana Fandera ...
Igla
Mariya Mironova ...
Julie Lenard
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Mylnikov
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Col. Pyotr Burchinsky
Emiliya Spivak ...
Esfir Litvinova
Aleksandr Strizhenov ...
Grand Duke Simeon Alexandrovich
Aleksey Gorbunov ...
Nikolai Seleznov / Rakhmet
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Engineer Larionov
Yuriy Golubev ...
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Third film based on Boris Akunin's "Priklucheniya Erasta Petrovicha Fandorina" series of novels. On a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow general Khrapov was killed and no one else but Erast Petrovich is under suspicion because the killer pretended to be Fandorin. There are initials BG on the handle of the knife Khrapov was stabbed with, the initials belong to a terrorist organization which keeps both capital cities (Moscow and St. Petersburg) in fear. This time Fandorin is not the only one trying to solve the crime, general Pozharski, a famous detective takes over the investigation... Written by Pavel P.

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During speech scoring, Vladimir Mashkov who played Kozyr was filming in Los Angeles. To keep the schedule, the company 'Neva-film' which was scoring the movie, transferred the movie to one of the Hollywood studios via satellite. Mashkov scored his role, and the next day the sound producer in St. Petersburg was working with his soundtrack. The soundtrack was coded with two passwords to avoid piracy. See more »

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Good but somewhat disappointing
2 May 2005 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

When I've read my first book about Fandorin, I thought "Only Menshikov can play this". That is why since the moment I first heard that Menshikov WILL play Fandorin I was waiting for "Statskiy Sovetnik" to be released and was eager to watch it. And - finally! - my dream came true.

In the beginning I was a bit annoyed by the difference between the movie and the book, though I'm not the person who cares about such things. Then the movie captivated me and I became interested.

The actors' work was brilliant, I especially would like to mention Nikita Mikhalkov, whose portrayal of Pozharsky was absolutely flawless. Konstantin Khabenskiy and Oksana Fandera were very convincing too. The action was rather exciting - at least for me, because for some people long dialogues (or even monologues) can be quite boring. Not for me - I enjoyed every moment.

All in all, when I left the cinema, I was pleased with the movie. But some time later, recollecting the details, I found myself puzzled with the thought of Menshikov's performance. He looked good, he was an ideal Fandorin for me - at least his appearance was suitable - but I got an embarrassing feeling that I saw a ghost, a shadow of Erast Petrovich. It was lifeless, emotionless and insensible. What a disappointment! Fandorin is reserved and self-respecting, NOT nonchalant, haughty and bored of life.

In conclusion I can only say that this is my personal opinion and maybe I simply cannot see the main point of Menshikov's work... But I'm still upset with this Fandorin. I only hope that if there is another movie with Oleg Menshikov playing Erast Fandorin, THAT performance of this undoubtedly talented actor will be different - meaning more lively.


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