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It is billed as a human "safari," the most controversial and potentially game-changing Russian cultural export since the Ballets Russes left the West shocked and awed 110 years ago.Dubbed the "Stalinist Truman Show," Russian director Ilya Khrzhanovsky persuaded 400 people to live and work for nearly three years under the same totalitarian Soviet rules that Landau and his disciplines labored under.Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis, who plays Landau in the films, will also appear in the gutted interiors of the Paris theaters, both of which are undergoing major refurbishment.Unlike the reality television show which continually filmed contestants, Khrzhanovsky took improvisational techniques used by filmmakers like British Oscar-winner Mike Leigh and pushed them "10 miles further down the road".Landau was also something of a complex figure.
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