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Captivating Star of Happiness (Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya), The
The Captivating Star of Happiness (Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya; more correct translation of the original title would be The Star of Captivating Happiness, as it is a quotation from a poem by Aleksandr Pushkin) is a 1975 Soviet two-part historical drama directed by Vladimir Motyl. The plot is set in the aftermath of the Decembrist Revolt in Russia in 1825. The conspirators, called the Decembrists, are sentenced to hard labor in Siberia. The plot center around the wives of the Decembrists, mostly belonging to the high nobility, who volunteer to follow their husbands.
The following weapons were used in the film The Captivating Star of Happiness (Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya):
Percussion Dueling Pistol
During the Decembrist revolt, Pyotr Grigoryevich Kakhovsky (Viktor Kostetskiy) fires an anachronistic Percussion Dueling Pistol at General Mikhail Andreyevich Miloradovich (Dmitriy Shilko) who tried to talk the rebel soldiers into obedience.
When Pauline Geuble (Ewa Szykulska) tries to get in the Peter and Paul Fortress where her beloved one Ivan Aleksandrovich Annenkov (Igor Kostolevsky) is held under arrest, the officer on duty (Oleg Dal) finds a Flintlock Pistol and a dagger in her belongings. The pistol is supposed to be a French Model An IX cavalry flintlock pistol, its barrel band and metal tip of the grip are removed.
Mosin Nagant Rifle (visually modified)
Numerous Flintlock Muskets, seen in hands of Russian soldiers and prison guards, turn out to be visually modified Mosin Nagant Rifles. The rifles are fitted with barrel bands, sling swivels and prop bayonets stylised after Infantry Musket M1808. Most though not all of these rifles are also fitted with mockup flintlocks. The magazines and bolt handles are removed from most rifles.
Double Barreled Flintlock Shotgun
In several scenes, Double Barreled Flintlock Shotguns are seen in hands of Aleksandr Nikolaevich Raevskiy (Boris Sokolov), the brother of Maria Nikolaevna Volkonskaya nee Raevskaya, and Charles Vaucher (Vadim Makarovsky), the secretary of Ekaterina Ivanovna Trubetskaya who accompanied her on her way to Siberia.