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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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Oleg Tabakov ...
Count Vladimir Dolgorukov
Oksana Fandera ...
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Julie Lenard
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Mylnikov
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Emiliya Spivak ...
Esfir Litvinova
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Grand Duke Simeon Alexandrovich
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Nikolai Seleznov / Rakhmet
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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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Games are over. This time it is a real Fandorin and a real case. See more »

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In 2001 Nikita Mikhalkov planned to direct the film himself. He also wanted to cast Isabelle Adjani in one of the leading roles. However, the views of Boris Akunin (author of the novel the film is based on) and Mikhalkov on the film were too different and eventually Filipp Yankovskiy was chosen to direct the film. But rumor has it that Mikhalkov, who played one of the leading roles in the film, controlled what happened on the set more than Yankovsky did. See more »

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Erast Petrovich Fandorin vs terrorist-revolutionists
22 April 2005 | by (Moscow) – See all my reviews

Adaptation of Boris Akunin's famous novel about 19-th century Russian sleuth Erast Petrovich Fandorin solving an assassination of a hot shot general by a terrorist group called "BG". Directed by young Russian film-maker Filip Yankovski with all-star cast in it.

Finally, after shallow "Azazel" and awful "Turkish Gambit" the audience can view a wonderful piece of film making with some stunning performances. Every single actor does a superb job and demonstrates excellent acting. Mature Erast Fandorin played by Oleg Menshikov is just like the one in the book - daring, unemotional and mysterious. He is quite a silent character in the film, musing most of the time, but the great acting skills of Menshikov are demonstrated in these very scenes. Green played by Konstantin Khabenskii is great as well - nervous, reckless but brave and charming. Nikita Mikhalkov is playing Pojarskii and I have to admit that he is playing his part real well. His character has the most lines. A very controversial character, at times comical and sometimes even devilish.

A few words about cinematography, screenplay and editing. Film has a lot of dark, white and red in it and such mixture of colors makes a picture very organic. Creation of 19-th century Moscow atmosphere was in my opinion achieved with great success: "troika" carriages on snowy streets, glamorous Russian castles and various beautiful costumes. Screenplay and editing are done so well that I didn't even notice how three hours passed. Dialogues are very well written and at the same time they so well spoken that it's a pleasure to listen to them and they don't tend to bore or tire. On the other hand a lot of action takes place and what is the most interesting - the end of the film differs from the same of the novel, so even those who have read the book and thus know the whole story, will still be surprised.


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