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The Inner Circle (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 December 1991 (USA)
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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 ... 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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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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Ivan refers to German troops being so many miles from Moscow, but both Germany and Russia measure distances in kilometres. 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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