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 <email@example.com>
Did You Know?
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
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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