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.
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The first American film to be premiered in Moscow. See more
When there's a brawl at the railway station, all the train guards are standing at attention and staring straight ahead. They should be trying to restore order. See more
No brutality should be allowed although no revolution is possible without terror.
Features Konets Sankt-Peterburga
from "Carnival of the Animals"
by Camille Saint-Saëns
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