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Stalin (1992)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  21 November 1992 (USA)
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The life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin.

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Josef Stalin rises from his rejection as being physically unfit in the Czar's army during world War I to undisputed head of the huge Soviet empire of the 1950s. After the success of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 he vies with arch-rival Leon Trotsky for power under the acknowledged leader, Vladimir Lenin. After Lenin's stroke, the merciless Georgian's ruthless methods soon eliminates all rivals and his cruel paranoia and overt sadism help him maintain power by eliminating every possible rival including many former comrades. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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The film was premiered in Russia on the 75th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. See more »

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Dr. Lukomsky: [Referring to Stalin, who's on his deathbed] Hemorrhage on his brain... He can't breathe.
Beria: [vindictively] Let him die - murdering bastard.
Beria: [the dying Stalin chuckles and it appears he's regaining consciousness, so Beria panics and begins kissing Stalin's hand] Forgive me... forgive me... forgive me...
[Stalin goes back into his coma, and Beria feels safe, so he spits on the floor in contempt]
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Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78
by Sergei Prokofiev
Performed by The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Kurt Masur (as Kurt Mazur), Conductor
Courtesy of Teldec Classic International
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
Used as background music for archive footage
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Exclusive focus on his personal life.
3 August 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This is one of the rare biopics that offer less opinions and more facts. Over three hours long, the movie covers the dictator's life from his exile in Siberia when he took the name Stalin up to his death in 1953. It does not try to feature the then world politics and even contemporary Russia as a whole, nor it wastes further screen time on the social reaction to Stalin's policies too much. It features Stalin and only Stalin. It focuses exclusively on his personal life (naturally, since the movie is narrated by his daughter Svetlana) and his take on the fellow comrades of the party. And the filmmakers remain more-or-less true to the facts, giving neither imaginative shock moments nor just plain history.

Robert DuVall looks nice as Stalin,and his performance is also satisfactory. But I don't know why he used that Vito Corleone accent on him. Did Stalin use to talk that way? I don't know. Julia Ormond does a really magnificent job as his second wife Nadya. Her timid yet free-spirited attitude is nicely portrayed by Ormond. And I also must mention Joanna Roth as Svetlana and Roshan Seth as Beria for a really good job. All the actors lift this movie up to a really higher level. Along with the flawless screenplay, acting is another asset of the film.


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