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The Assassination of Trotsky (1972)

After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with politics, promoting socialism to the world. Stalin has sent out an ... See full summary »

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Joseph Losey

Writer:

Nicholas Mosley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Leon Trotsky
Alain Delon ... Frank Jackson
Romy Schneider ... Gita Samuels
Valentina Cortese ... Natalia Sedowa Trotsky
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Salazar
Luigi Vannucchi Luigi Vannucchi ... Ruiz
Jean Desailly ... Alfred Rosmer
Simone Valère ... Marguerite Rosmer (as Simone Valere)
Duilio Del Prete ... Felipe
Peter Chatel ... Otto
Jack Betts ... Lou (as Hunt Powers)
Michael Forest ... Jim (as Mike Forrest)
Carlos Miranda Carlos Miranda ... Sheldon Harte
Joshua Sinclair ... Sam (as Gianni Loffredo)
Pierangelo Civera Pierangelo Civera ... Pedro
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After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with politics, promoting socialism to the world. Stalin has sent out an assassin, Frank Jackson. Jackson befriends a young communist and gets an invitation to Trotsky's house. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El asesinato de Trotsky See more »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Judging by his private diaries, Richard Burton seems to have genuinely thought at first that the film had the potential to be a "blockbuster" on the scale of his recent action hit Where Eagles Dare (1968). He appears only to have read the script after accepting the part "and discovered that almost every scene I do takes place on 'the Patio of Trotsky's house'". His journal records his gradual realization that the limited English of other actors and Joseph Losey's apparent lack of commitment would materially harm the film; the set representing Leon Trotsky's house was stocked with genuine books and 1940s magazines, and his greatest pleasure during filming seems to have been reading these in breaks from shooting. See more »

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A character passes a wall with a graffiti-image of Woody Woodpecker. The first appearance of Woody Woodpecker was in the cartoon "Knock Knock" which was released 25th of November 1940, two months after Trotski was assassinated. See more »

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Gita Samuels: You're in a fine state! God, has someone cut your tongue off? Why do you get like this? Is it the altitude you're in- or is it something you've eaten?
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Just an effort
5 March 2007 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

Stalin hated Trotsky for many reasons, one among them is that Lenin in his famous testament strongly criticized Stalin as a tough and badly educated leader while recognized Trotsky as the most intelligent politician among the Bolcheviks. In that way Trostky was a kind of impediment for Stalin to seize the whole power in Soviet Union. The party trusted Stalin and the first thing he did was to start a snare campaign against Trotsky among the high bosses of the party as Zinoviev, Kamenev and Bukharin, who finally supported Stalin in this deed. As a result Trostky was declared a traitor and expelled from USSR, living first at the border of USSR, then in Turkey and finally in Mexico. He continued writing and had an increased number of people following him, a fact enough for Stalin to order his assassination. To this end Stalin and his KGB tools used Mexican communists led by the famous muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. They attempted to kill Trostki once unsuccessfully, then decided to change for another way, i.e. to introduce the agent Jacques Mornard, who in fact was not from Belgium as he claimed to be, but Spanish citizen Ramón Mercader del Río, son of mother born in Cuba. Mornard or Mercader finally killed Trostky, but not his ideas. In fact Stalin made a big mistake because trostkism increased and gained a lot of popularity in several countries after the death of Trostky. The present film is just an effort to show something of this fatal happening, but it is not the best in my opinion. There is no introduction to Trostki, how he was expelled from USSR, why this happened, how he arrived in Mexico. Not knowing the history, it will be very difficult to guess that Stalin was behind this assassination. The relationship of Trostki with some communists, as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, is neither shown at all. The role of Trostky is played well by Richard Burton although he looked fatter than the real Trostky, but Alain Delon as Mornard or Mercader did not play this role convincingly. Mercader was a Stalinist fanatic, and this characteristic is not seen in the role played by Delon. He looked as schizophrenic rather than a man with political convictions.


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