The Barber of Siberia

The Barber of Siberia (Russian: Сибирский цирюльник, translit. Sibirskiy tsiryulnik) is a 1998 Russian film that re-united the Academy Award-winning team of director Nikita Mikhalkov and producer Michel Seydoux. It was screened out of competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]

The Barber of Siberia
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Original Russian language poster
Directed byNikita Mikhalkov
Produced byMichel Seydoux
Written byNikita Mikhalkov
Rustam Ibragimbekov
Rospo Pallenberg
StarringJulia Ormond
Richard Harris
Oleg Menshikov
Aleksei Petrenko
Marina Neyolova
Vladimir Ilyin
Daniel Olbrychski
David Nykl
Music byEduard Artemyev
Anatoly Dokumentov
CinematographyPavel Lebeshev
Edited byEnzo Meniconi
Release date
  • 30 October 1998 (1998-10-30)
Running time
180 minutes
Czech Republic
United States


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 Alexei 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 fathering her child. 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 a further five years of exile.



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Barber of Siberia". Retrieved 11 October 2009.
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ "45 Countries Submit Films for Oscar Consideration". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 19 November 1998. Archived from the original on 19 February 1999. Retrieved 20 October 2015.

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