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
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To prepare for the role, Duvall watched hours of newsreels, read many books about Stalin and spoke to Russians who remembered him. He said that playing Stalin was the most challenging role of his career. See more
[Referring to an ill Lenin
May I talk to him?
Since when do you ask permission?
from "Carnival of the Animals"
by Camille Saint-Saëns
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