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Zina (1985)

After Stalin's purges, Zinaida Volkova, daughter of Leon Trotsky, is exiled to Berlin. As the Nazis rise to power, and World War II is approaching, she becomes obsessed with Antigone, the protagonist of a famous Greek tragedy, and loses her mind.

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Ken McMullen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rom Anderson Rom Anderson ... Maria
Ron Anderson Ron Anderson
George Antoni George Antoni ... Andre Breton (as George Yiasoumi)
Micha Bergese Micha Bergese ... Molanov
Gaby Dellal ... Stenographer (as Gabrielle Dellal)
Paul Geoffrey ... Lyova
Domiziana Giordano ... Zina Bronstein
Eleanor Greet Eleanor Greet ... Stalin's Agent
William Hootkins ... Walter Adams
Georges Levantis Georges Levantis ... Kharalambos
Philip Madoc ... Leon Trotsky
Ian McKellen ... Kronfeld
Leonie Mellinger Leonie Mellinger ... German Stenographer
Maureen O'Brien ... Natalya
Dominique Pinon ... Pierre
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Storyline

Zina, the daughter of Leon Trotsky by his first wife, is undergoing freudian analysis in Berlin in the thirties. Meanwhile, Trotsky is in exile in Prinkipo having been driven from power by Stalin. The Nazis rise to power in Germany and Austria, and Zina commits suicide. Written by chris bright <cbright@cix.compulink.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1986 (USA) See more »

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Looseyard Productions See more »
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Dolby
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21 May 2005 | by screenlabsSee all my reviews

ZINA is one of McMullen's best films because of Domiziana Giordano's acting and Loftus' photography. McMullen has a terrible habit of not giving credit to his crew members and that is completely unprofessional in the business. He makes the same mistake on the film GHOST DANCE. It is an oversight that the filmmaker needs to sit down with his psycho-analyst and figure out what his problem is... the oversight is unforgivable.

Obviously influenced by one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema and brilliant transcendental visualist Andrei Tarkovsky and borrowing Giordano after the Russian's (Belarus) striking Italian internal landscape film NOSTALGHIA where Giordano puts in a fierce and commanding performance, McMullen hoped to capture the internal emotional and psychological state of Trotksy's daughter. What McMullen lacks in narrative abilities, he makes up for with a strong sense of visual juxtaposition


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