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The Inner Circle (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 December 1991 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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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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$583,979 (USA)
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While in Russia, Tom Hulce met with Alexander Ganshin (upon whose life the film was based) to better learn what it was like to work for Stalin. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Anastasia: Who do you love more, me or Comrade Stalin?
Ivan Sanshin: [without hesitation] Comrade Stalin, of course!
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Features The Great Waltz (1938) See more »

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Paranoia and naivete in societal insanity of Stalin's Russia
11 December 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I decided to review this film because of its emotional impact.

Like "The Killing Fields," it creates tremendous tension in the viewer by portraying sympathetic, likable characters within an environment of tremendous evil.

The acting and cinematography are both excellent, making a direct connection with the feelings of every character.

My only criticism is very slight (I did rate it a 10, after all), but I wondered a bit at the persistance of Sanchin's naivete. While this is central to his character, I found it a little difficult to comprehend based on what he went through.


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