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    The Russian military will provide realism expertise to filmmaker Luc Besson, who is making a movie about the Kursk submarine tragedy, the defense ministry's culture chief said.

    The Russian military will help film producer Luc Besson make a movie about the Kursk submarine tragedy, head of the Defense Ministry's culture directorate told Echo of Moscow radio.

    The advising will mostly be done to improve the realism of the film and go over parts of the film, which may have mistakes in the characters' outfits and some events. The Defense Ministry said that it would not sponsor the film financially, as it is currently limited to providing expertise on realism, as well as help limit mistakes and stereotypes.

    "Generally, in my experience, foreign filmmakers are very loyal to this, they ask us where the stars are on epaulets, can a sailor crawl on a submarine in parade uniform, and is it right, and many other nuances," Gubanov said.

    He noted that documentary producer Andre Singer will take part in making the film, and the ministry has experience working with some of his projects. 

    "Right now, the right process is going on, because there is a lot of elementary not-knowing. When you read the script, when you begin work, the elementary things demand expertise," Gubanov also said.

    He added that the ministry considers the realism of films important and tries to participate in film projects when it can.

    "This is important for us, they can make the film without us, we know this well, it would be better if we take part in it, not invasively, but it is still very important," Gubanov added.

    Besson's film is one of several the ministry is working with, alongside primarily Russian movies and television series. The Kursk film was initially announced in January and will be based on a script by Robert Rodat, who wrote the script for "Saving Private Ryan."


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