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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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$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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The movie covers the years 1939 to Stalin's death in 1953. However, it constantly refers to the KGB, an organization that did not come into existence until 1954. Until then the USSR security service was known by a variety of names, most notably the NKVD (Narodny Komisariat Vnutrennykh Del or People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs) between 1934 and 1943. It is this organization that Ivan would have joined in 1939. However, the sign on the NKVD headquarters in the film does read "NKVD" not "KGB". This refers only to foreign versions of movie, because in russian version names are correct. "NKVD" is used in early scenes and "MGB" in '50s. See more »

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Beria: You will not drink to Comrade Stalin?
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Features The Great Waltz (1938) See more »

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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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