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Trotskiy (original title)
In May 1940, on the outskirts of Mexico City, a detachment of Mexican Communists dressed as policemen attack the house of the former leader of the Russian revolution, Leon Trotsky. By an ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Konstantin Khabenskiy ...  Lev Davydovich Trotsky 8 episodes, 2017
Mikhail Porechenkov ...  Alexander Parvus 8 episodes, 2017
Maksim Matveev ...  Frenk Dzhekson (Ramon Merkader) 8 episodes, 2017
Evgeniy Stychkin ...  Vladimir Ilyich Lenin 8 episodes, 2017
Orkhan Abulov Orkhan Abulov ...  Iosif Stalin 8 episodes, 2017
Sergey Bezrukov ...  Vladimir Skalon 8 episodes, 2017
Sergey Garmash ...  Nikolay Trotsky 8 episodes, 2017
Vladimir Matveev Vladimir Matveev ...  Sergey Nikolaevich Prokopovich 8 episodes, 2017
Aleksandr Bargman Aleksandr Bargman ...  Diego Rivera 8 episodes, 2017
Artyom Bystrov ...  Nikolay Markin 8 episodes, 2017
Igor Chernevich 8 episodes, 2017
Anton Khabarov ...  Aleksey Mikhaylovich Schastnyy 8 episodes, 2017
Boris Khasanov Boris Khasanov ...  Lev Kamenev 8 episodes, 2017
Vitaliy Kovalenko Vitaliy Kovalenko 8 episodes, 2017
Aleksandra Mareeva Aleksandra Mareeva ...  Aleksandra Sokolovskaya 8 episodes, 2017
Anastasiya Meskova ...  Larisa Reysner 8 episodes, 2017
Andrius Paulavicius ...  Herr Kobert 8 episodes, 2017
Viktoriya Poltorak Viktoriya Poltorak ...  Frida Kalo 8 episodes, 2017
Denis Pyanov Denis Pyanov ...  Grigoriy Zinoviev 8 episodes, 2017
Aleksandra Remizova Aleksandra Remizova ...  Nadezhda Krupskaya 8 episodes, 2017
Denis Sinyavskiy Denis Sinyavskiy ...  Aleksandr Fyodorovich Kerenskiy 8 episodes, 2017
Mariya Skuratova Mariya Skuratova ...  Nina Bronshteyn 8 episodes, 2017
Olga Sutulova ...  Natalya Sedova 8 episodes, 2017
Dmitriy Vorobyov Dmitriy Vorobyov ...  Georgiy Plekhanov 8 episodes, 2017
Sergey Sosnovskiy ...  David Bronshteyn 5 episodes, 2017


In May 1940, on the outskirts of Mexico City, a detachment of Mexican Communists dressed as policemen attack the house of the former leader of the Russian revolution, Leon Trotsky. By an incredible coincidence, Trotsky and his wife survive. Having lost during the eleven years of expulsion almost all close ones and relatives, Trotsky understands: his eternal enemy, Stalin, will continue to pursue him until the end of his days. He decides to leave a political testament, for the first time to tell in full and sincerely how a man from an oppressed minority managed to become a prophet of a new world and overthrow an empire.

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6 November 2017 (Russia) See more »

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Esteban Volkov, grandson of Leon Trotsky, protested the representation of his grandfather in the series and wrote a petition (published in seven languages) which he got several hundred historians and other authors to sign. See more »

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Surprisingly complex and very well-crafted
10 January 2019 | by Evil_HerbivoreSee all my reviews

I'm always a bit sceptical when watching a biographical movie or series. It's easy to portray the subject as one-dimensional, either as a monster or as a saint, depending who the subject is and who is telling the story. This fear is even stronger when the story concerns a controversial figure, and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the October revolution is nothing if not controversial.

So imagine my surprise when instead of the expected propaganda piece about how great Trotsky was I got a fascinating multi-faceted portray of a very complex man. This for me is the best thing about the mini-series. Trotsky is presented as a firm believer in a world-wide revolution, but that doesn't make him innocent or even good. He says he wants to save people, and yet he is willing to sacrifice anyone for the revolution. He is both ruthless and empathetic. He claims he doesn't regret anything - and seems to believe that when saying it - and yet he is quite literally haunted by the ghosts of the people his actions got killed. It's very rare that a biopic is that compelling.

This of course wouldn't be possible without the proper acting. Konstantin Khabenskiy is - as could be expected from such a talented actor - simply brilliant as Trotsky, conveying the character's complexity with ease. Everyone else does a great job as well, but Khabenskiy is clearly the star here.

Another thing that I really liked was the clever use of special effects. The scenes exploring Trotsky's emotions often present him as having vivid hallucinations, which are beautifully animated. Some transitions between scenes are among the best I've ever seen in any movie or series. The only moments when the show doesn't look splendid are the scenes showing historical sites or Trotsky's armored train, when CGI isn't the best. Luckily, these scenes are few and far between.

All in all, Trotsky is a very well-crafted piece of television. Everything from writing to acting to special effects is really good. It's a compelling story about a fascinating (if controversial) man. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys biographical or historical dramas. Or to people who are just looking for a solid tv series.

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