The Inner Circle (1991) Bob Hoskins, Tom Hulce
The true story of Ivan Sanchin (Tom Hulce), 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.
Viewer Quote: "This movie haunted me for months after seeing it, but I think that it should be considered required viewing. This movie does an amazing job at showing the kind of mindset which allows tyrants like Stalin to get away with their crimes. Hulce is terrific as the simple, hard-working Soviet citizen who wants nothing more than to believe in the system that dominates his life, yet he knows it's a system riddled with traps and monsters. Hoskins is equally good as the real-life monster Beria - Stalin's chief of state security and main hatchet-man...a wonderful and touching masterpiece"
A highly underrated movie.
Starring: Tom Hulce, Bob Hoskins
A VERY RARE Hollywood film, which was the first Western-financed movie to be filmed in the Kremlin.
The DVD is encoded NTSC Region 0 (playable worldwide).
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