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The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his "Master" despite the arrest of his neighbors and his involvement with their daughter, his wife's affair with the chilling State Security chief Lavrentii Beria and her tragic decline, and the deadly political machinations within the Kremlin he witnesses firsthand. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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The movie premiered in the United States on December 25, 1991 - one day before the Soviet Union dissolved and became the Russian Federation. See more »

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The moment than Ivan Sunchin has a meeting with his NKVD (KGB) superiors in Moscow's "Revolutionary Square" Metro Station. Just before coming in to his superior bunker office, he is strolling along the station. The plan of Arbatsko - Pokrovskaya line is visible on a wall of the station . The plan consist of five or six transfers to other lines of the Moscow metro, which was current for Moscow metro circa early 1990s, not 1940s than movie plot set. In early 1940s Arbatsko - Pokrovskaya line had only two transfers to other lines, and metro plan looked different. See more »

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Katya: [On her parents] They're traitors! They tried to kill Stalin! They should be shot!
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exceptional film
23 March 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very rare picture, in that Western films very, very rarely mention Stalin and even fewer feature him on film. It's funny because although several movies have been made about Hitler, films about Stalin (and Mao) are conspicuously absent. That is why I appreciated this film so much. Although Stalin was not the MAIN character in the movie, but his projectionist, it gave great insights into this monstrous man. What also is very interesting is how Hulce's character adores Staline, but over time he becomes more and more horrified of him--sort of like how the USSR viewed him over time as well.

The acting, direction and camera work are all excellent and there is really nothing negative I can say about the film. An unusual and important film historically.


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