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  • Actors: Julia Ormond, Oleg Menshikov, Aleksey Petrenko, Richard Harris, Vladimir Ilin
  • Directors: Nikita Mikhalkov
  • Writers: Nikita Mikhalkov, Rospo Pallenberg, Rustam Ibragimbekov
  • Producers: António da Cunha Telles, Armand Barbault, Leonid Vereshchagin, Michel Seydoux
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000260O94
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,420 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1905 Jane Callaghan, a once beautiful American, writes to her son at a famous military academy. Her memories take us back twenty years to when she arrived in Russia.

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Much criticised on its first appearance as spectacle without affect, Nikita Mikhalkov's The Barber of Siberia is a fascinating, loopy mess worth seeing for its large-scale set pieces and good central performances. The Barber of Siberia was the most expensive film ever made in Russia, with its epic sweeps of landscape and scenes of disorder and drunkenness that remind us what lurked under the superficial structures of late-Tsarist life. Jane Callaghan (Julia Ormond) is an adventurer hired to smooth the way for McCracken (Richard Harris), inventor of a vast tree-felling machine. She blunders around a world of aristocratic influence and intrigue, having become so used to cunning and deceit that she has forgotten she has a heart. Andrei (Oleg Menshikov) is the military cadet whom she meets on the train going east, an aesthete and chancer whose love for her in the face of all the her good sense finally becomes tragic. Menshikov is convincing as lover, buffoon and tragic hero. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2006
Format: DVD
This is a long, unevenly directed story which really wants to be an epic romance and almost, but not quite succeeds. It is undoubtedly beautiful. The scenery both in Moscow and also in the scenes in Siberia is a suitably breathtaking stage for a tragic story of romance set against turn of the Century Russia. Julia Ormond is also ravishing here, and her performance underpins the success of the movie. Her Russian counterpart, the young Russian cadet Tolstoy (no relation to the author, as he frequently has to explain) with whom she falls in love when he stumbles into her train compartment, played by Oleg Menshikov, is less successful. His performance lurches somewhat heavy handedly from slapstick clown to would be troubled young man with deep feelings.

Richard Harris is wasted and gives an altogether over the top performance as the inventor of the titular machine - a steam driven contraption for chopping down the trees of Siberia, which he nicknames the barber of Siberia. The would be clever part is that Tolstoy plays the barber of Seville in the officers school performance. Robert Hrdy even crops up unexpectedly in one scene as an English language instructor.

The direction goes to lengths in certain scenes to come across as epic and is often beautifully photographed and set up - to the point where it can feel TOO staged - as in the scene on the platform where the cadets looking for their colleague search for him in such a way as their search becomes a dance for the camera. However the overall effect is pleasing enough as long as you can swallow the stageiness, mixed as it is with some truly un-stage-like milieus of Moscow and Siberia.

The dual language here works well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Mackay on 14 April 2010
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A great film. The whole story works very well with its setting. And the vodka slips down very well, for anyone who has also toasted at parties in Russia and the FSU, this scene is worth the purchase price alone!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christina M. Croft on 16 Dec. 2008
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From the very beginning I was totally absorbed in this spectacular film, and the time seemed to go by so quickly as one brilliant scene followed another. There were moments of breathtaking splendour - the dazzling ballrooms and the colourful Russian fair - and so many exquisite details that it is a film to be watched over and over again.
Julia Ormond and Alexey Petrenko were so convincing, and there was truly a sense of stepping into another place and time. The film also seemed to capture the unique Russian humour - I laughed aloud several times - as well the exhilatating moment when Tsar Alexander III gallops across the courtyard with his young son, Nicholas, in front of him. It really brought Imperial Russia alive again!

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Muravitski on 30 Oct. 2003
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Any way: it shows the true Russia, the viewer can enjoy the flavour of the pre-Revolutionary Russia with it’s luxury and poverty, nobleness and cruelty, tradition and culture.
If you’ve liked Dr Zhivago, this film is for you! But I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece though:-).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Stefan on 21 April 2012
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Barber of Siberia remains one of Mihalkov's masterpieces. I saw this movie on TV around Christmas and the story (and interpretation, as well) was so touchy that I said that this movie is a must have in your DVD library. Now, that I got it, I feel good knowing that I can enjoy seeing it anytime I want.

I highly recommend anyone seeing it. It is a reference movie for the Russian cinematography!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Honeybun on 11 Aug. 2013
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Very good film recommended by my girlfriend in Russia. Some very good acting and a great love story of a Russian soldier and an American woman.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2001
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A superb dramatic, comic, visual, costume, tragic, love epic of Russia at the turn of the century. A film that rarely flags within its near three hour length - three hours of excellent entertainment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2004
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This is one of the best movies I've ever watched; it's a breathtaking, heartbraking, masterpiece.
It got me mesmorised from the minute I started watching it; the light sense of humour, the youth and freshness of the actors, the wonderful storyline, all got me hooked!
I would say that the worst and yet the best thing about this movie is that it gets you so emotionally involved that you will find it quite painful to accept the turning out of the events!
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