Zerograd (Gorod Zero)

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Zerograd (Gorod Zero)
Gorod Zero Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov
Release Date 1988
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Aleksey Mikhailovich Varakin Leonid Filatov
Vasiliy Nikolaevich Chugunov Oleg Basilashvili
Nikolay Ivanovich Smorodinov Vladimir Menshov
Pavel Pavlovich Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
The museum director Evgeniy Evstigneev
Militsiya Investigator Aleksey Zharkov
Stepan Filippovich Ivanov Pyotr Shcherbakov
Anna Tatyana Khvostikova


Zerograd (Gorod Zero; another English release title Zero City) is a 1988 Soviet comedy-drama directed by Karen Shakhnazarov. Aleksey Varakin (Leonid Filatov), an engineer of a factory in Moscow, is sent in a business trip to a small town. Upon arriving, Varakin finds out that nearly everybody in the town acts strange and even seems to be crazy. Varakin is trapped in the town, despite his attempts to leave it.


The following weapons were used in the film Zerograd (Gorod Zero):

Contents


Revolvers

Nagant M1895 (long barreled)

A long barreled version of Nagant M1895 is seen in hands of a restaurant chef Nikolaev (Yevgeni Zernov).

A long barreled target version of Nagant M1895 - .22 LR
Nikolaev shoots himself after Varaksin refused to taste the cake in the shape of Varaksin's head.
The depiction of the prosecutor's version that Nikolaev was covertly murdered: the murderer with Nagant sneaks to the restaurant kitchen.
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He fires at Nikolaev.
The murderer puts the Nagant in Nikolaev's dead hand to imitate suicide.

Custom Snub Nose Nagant M1895

In the scene, depicting the prosecutor's version of Nikolaev's death, a bearded murderer (uncredited) fires a revolver in air to imitate the suicide gunshot. His snub nose revolver is seen very blurry and unclear but the shape of the frame looks Nagant-ish, and the revolver is very possibly the same custom snub nose Nagant with wide Colt-style grips that is seen in several Mosfilm productions, notably in Chelovek s bulvara Kaputsinov.

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The murderer draws the revolver.
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He fires in air.

Pistols

Makarov PM

The town prosecutor Nikolay Ivanovich Smorodinov (Vladimir Menshov) uses a Makarov PM in an attempt to shoot himself.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Smorodinov puts the pistol to his head.
The pistol misfires severl times in a row.
Another view of the PM.
Smorodinov unloads the pistol...
...and examines the ammo.

Flintlock Pistol

Two Flintlock Pistols are seen in the exposition of the local museum, depicting the Time of Troubles (16th-17th century). In reality these pistols are of late 18th-early 19th century.

A pair of flintlock pistols is seen on the wall. As far as it can be judged, these pistols may be Russian Cavalry Private's Model 1839.

Rifles and Muskets

Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Wax sculptures in the local museum hold Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles with bayonets (Note: all "wax figures" in the museum are played by live actors).

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
An M91/30 rifle with bayonet is seen at the far right in the exposition, showing the visit of OGPU high rank officials on the construction of the White Sea Canal.
A rifle in hands of a figure of a guard.

Musket / Arquebuse

Several long guns, kind of muskets or arquebuses, are also seen in the exposition about the Time of Troubles.

Two muskets are seen at the background. One more long gun is seen at the right, behind the wax figure.

Shotguns

Flintlock Blunderbuss

An engraved, long barreled flintlock blunderbuss is an exibit of the local museum. The director of the museum calls it a pistol and claims that the gun belonged to Prince Pyotr Urusov, a prominent figure of the Time of Troubles. In reality the blunderbuss looks more like a 18th or 19th century hunting gun.

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Close-up of the blunderbuss.
A general view of the gun.

Single Barreled Shotgun

One of the long guns in the exposition about the Time of Troubles turns out to be a rather modern Single Barreled Shotgun.

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What appear to be a common hammerless hunting shotgun is seen on the wall behind wax figures.

Assault Rifles

AK-47

A wax figure of a Soviet Army soldier of Afghan war era holds an AK-47 assault rifle.

Type 2 AK-47 with slab sided magazine - 7.62x39mm
A soldier with AK-47 (at the right).
Another view of the AK-47.

AKS-47

A wax figure of a Soviet Army paratrooper of Afghan war era holds an AKS-47 (or maybe AKMS) assault rifle.

Type 1 AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
A paratrooper with AKS (at the left).
The pistol grip and folding stock of the AKS are seen.

Machine Guns

Maxim

A Maxim M1910 or M1910/30 machine gun is seen in the local museum.

Maxim M1910 with Sokolov wheel mount & shield - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim is seen in the exposition that depicts the events of the Russian Civil war.



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