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Chekist (1992)

 |  Drama  |  1992 (Russia)
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Srubov is a part of CHEKA, the secret police Lenin established after the Bolshevik Revolution. They arrest, interview for a minute, try in ten seconds, and execute intellectuals, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Igor Sergeev ...
Andrey Srubov
Aleksey Poluyan ...
Pepel
Mikhail Vasserbaum ...
Isaac Katz
Sergei Isavnin ...
Khudonogov
Vasiliy Domrachyov ...
Solomin
Aleksandr Medvedev ...
Mudynya
Aleksandr Kharashkevich ...
Boje
Igor Golovin ...
The Commandant
Nina Usatova ...
The Sweeper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Viktor Khozyainov ...
(as V. Khozyajnov)
Sergey Zamorev ...
Doctor
Tatyana Zhuravlyova
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Srubov is a part of CHEKA, the secret police Lenin established after the Bolshevik Revolution. They arrest, interview for a minute, try in ten seconds, and execute intellectuals, aristocrats, Jews, clergy, and their families. In the building basement, five people at a time are shot as they stand naked facing wooden doors. No one to remember their last words; no martyrs, just anonymous bodies. Daily, the kangaroo court, the executions, the loading of bodies onto wagons. Srubov is cold, distant, sexually dysfunctional, and a deep thinker, hated by former friends and his family. As he tries to reason the nature of revolution and the purpose of CHEKA, he slowly goes mad. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Deeply Disturbing And Impossible To Forget Film
27 May 2000 | by (Belleville, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

A small Russian town in the early 1900's is the backdrop for this deeply disturbing film about a group of communist revolutionaries called the cheka-men who spend their days rounding up their political rivals for execution.

The majority of the film takes place inside the basement of a charnel house. We are witnesses to execution after execution as people are killed with rapid expediency and professionalism. Men, women and children are forced to strip, stand against a wall, and then are shot. When the dead are removed, five more are brought in and the atrocity is committed again.

There is not a moments reprieve from the brutality as director Rogozhkin plants the camera and the story inside that basement. I found his examination of the assassin's mindset most interesting. Early on, the cheka-men seem indifferent to their jobs, but as the film winds down, we see that all the killing has slowly begun to erode their very souls.

Igor Sergeyev is amazing as the ambitious chekist who finds himself caught up in a machine of death that he helped to create and slowly losing his mind.

The film is like passing a car accident on a highway, it's horrible and you might not like what you see but you can't take your eyes off of it. A disturbing film that is hard to forget.


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