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The Inner Circle (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 December 1991 (USA)
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The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky), Anatoliy Usov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hulce ... Ivan Sanshin
Lolita Davidovich ... Anastasia
Bob Hoskins ... Beria
Aleksandr Zbruev ... Stalin
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Prof. Bartnev
Bess Meyer ... Katya (16 years)
Mariya Baranova Mariya Baranova ... Katya (10 years)
Irina Kupchenko ... Directress
Vladimir Kuleshov ... Colonel Schelkasov
Vsevolod Larionov ... General Rumiantsev
Aleksandr Filippenko ... Major Khitrov
Evdokiya Germanova ... Governess
Lyubov Matyushina Lyubov Matyushina ... Sonia Gubelman
Aleksandr Garin Aleksandr Garin ... Vasily Morda
Mariya Vinogradova ... Fedosia
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Storyline

The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his "Master" despite the arrest of his neighbors and his involvement with their daughter, his wife's affair with the chilling State Security chief Lavrentii Beria and her tragic decline, and the deadly political machinations within the Kremlin he witnesses firsthand. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | Soviet Union | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Projectionist See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

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Gross USA:

$583,979
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie premiered in the United States on December 25, 1991 - one day before the Soviet Union dissolved and became the Russian Federation. See more »

Goofs

When Anastasia asks directress, if the Pokrov town located to the south of Moscow, she (maybe intentionally) answers 'Yes'. In reality, Pokrov is located to the east of Moscow. See more »

Quotes

Katya: [On her parents] They're traitors! They tried to kill Stalin! They should be shot!
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exceptional film
23 March 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very rare picture, in that Western films very, very rarely mention Stalin and even fewer feature him on film. It's funny because although several movies have been made about Hitler, films about Stalin (and Mao) are conspicuously absent. That is why I appreciated this film so much. Although Stalin was not the MAIN character in the movie, but his projectionist, it gave great insights into this monstrous man. What also is very interesting is how Hulce's character adores Staline, but over time he becomes more and more horrified of him--sort of like how the USSR viewed him over time as well.

The acting, direction and camera work are all excellent and there is really nothing negative I can say about the film. An unusual and important film historically.


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