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The Barber of Siberia

  • 1999
  • Nikita Mikhalkov
  • 169 mins
  • 12
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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Staged with a monumental grandeur that undermines his trademark intimacy, Nikita Mikhalkov's Tsarist epic suffers fatally from its thematic imprecision, uncertainty of tone and excessive length. The evident lack of spark between American gentlewoman Julia Ormond and soldier Oleg Menshikov further strains the credibility of this long-cherished project, which inexplicably lurches from broad comedy to barnstorming melodrama partway through. Thanks to Pavel Lebeshev's glorious photography, the evocation of the 1880s is impeccable. However, with forestry inventor Richard Harris and bashful general Alexei Petrenko too often sidelined, what should have been an enchanting saga becomes a test of endurance.

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Credits

Cast

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Jane CallahanJulia Ormond
Douglas McCrackenRichard Harris
Andre TolstoyOleg Menshikov
General RadlovAlexei Petrenko
MaximichAlexander Yakovlev
PolievskyMarat Bacharov
KopnovskyDaniel Olbrychski

Crew

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DirectorNikita Mikhalkov

Details

Theatrical distributor
Pathe{acute}
Released on
2000-06-09
Languages
English | Russian
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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