The Barber of Siberia

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The Barber of Siberia
Sibirskij cirulnik.jpg
Original Russian language poster
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
Produced by Michel Seydoux
Written by Nikita Mikhalkov
Rustam Ibragimbekov
Rospo Pallenberg
Starring Julia Ormond
Richard Harris
Oleg Menshikov
Aleksei Petrenko
Marina Neyolova
Vladimir Ilyin
Daniel Olbrychski
David Nykl
Music by Eduard Artemyev
Anatoly Dokumentov
Cinematography Pavel Lebeshev
Edited by Enzo Meniconi
Release dates
30 October 1998
Running time
180 minutes
Country Russia
Czech Republic
United States
Language Russian

The Barber of Siberia (Сибирский цирюльник, translit. Sibirskiy tsiryulnik) is a 1998 Russian film that re-united the Academy Award-winning team of director Nikita Mikhalkov and Michel Seydoux. It was screened out of competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Jane Callahan (Julia Ormond), a beautiful American lady, writes to her son, a cadet at a famous military academy, about a long kept secret. Twenty years ago she arrived in Russia to assist Douglas McCracken (Richard Harris), an obsessive engineer who needs the Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich's patronage to sponsor his invention, a massive machine to harvest the forests. On her travels, she meets two men who would change her life forever: a handsome young cadet Andrej Tolstoy (Oleg Menshikov) with whom she shares a fondness for opera, and the powerful General Radlov who is entranced by her beauty and wants to marry her. Tolstoy and Radlov, much to the surprise and indignation of the latter, become rivals for Jane's love. She confides a deep secret to Tolstoy, promises to marry him, and together they spend a passionate night of love. But later he overhears Jane denying her interest in him to the General, in order to win the general's favour and be granted an audience with the Grand Duke. Distraught, Tolstoy attacks the General who arrests his young rival on false charges and banishes him to Siberia to seven years of hard labor and five years of isolation.




  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Barber of Siberia". Retrieved 2009-10-11. 

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