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The Inner Circle (1991)

 -  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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Ivan Sanshin
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Anastasia
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Aleksandr Zbruev ...
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...
Prof. Bartnev
Bess Meyer ...
Katya (16 years)
Mariya Baranova ...
Katya (10 years)
Irina Kupchenko ...
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Vladimir Kuleshov ...
Colonel Schelkasov
Vsevolod Larionov ...
General Rumiantsev
Aleksandr Filippenko ...
Major Khitrov
Evdokiya Germanova ...
Governess
Lyubov Matyushina ...
Sonia Gubelman
Aleksandr Garin ...
Vasily Morda
Mariya Vinogradova ...
Fedosia
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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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25 December 1991 (USA)  »

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The Projectionist  »

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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 »

Goofs

When Hulce's character is shown Stalins projection room he announces "You have Mitchells!" referring to the make of projector. No such manufacturer exists. Mitchell was (and is) an American manufacturer of cameras, not projectors. There were Soviet makers of theater projectors, but no Mitchell. See more »

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Stalin: I know everything about everything.
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Features The Great Waltz (1938) See more »

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very depressing!
24 December 2000 | by (b'ville nj) – See all my reviews

Unbelievable...that's all that kept going through my mind. How could people treat others so badly? I saw this around Christmas time and it totally bummed me out. Wow, not a film for the holiday season! Basically, if you had any doubts at all about the horror that was Russia's Stalinist era, here is your confirmation. Good Acting, sad, sad story, tragic even, photography excellent (some shots looks so realistic! Of course, some scenes were shot in the Kremlin, supposedly).

Very moving film.


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