The Inner Circle

Overview

Andrei Konchalovsky's examination of totalitarianism, and the self-deluded mind-set that allows it to happen, is based on Konchalovsky's meeting with a bureaucratic flunky of Stalin's -- his personal projectionist -- during his early days as a filmmaker. Set during the height of Stalin's rule 1939 through 1953, the story concerns Ivan Sanchin Tom Hulce, a motion picture projectionist who worships the Soviet leader like a god. He lives in a tiny apartment, sharing his space with a Jewish family. One day, the KGB ...
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Overview

Andrei Konchalovsky's examination of totalitarianism, and the self-deluded mind-set that allows it to happen, is based on Konchalovsky's meeting with a bureaucratic flunky of Stalin's -- his personal projectionist -- during his early days as a filmmaker. Set during the height of Stalin's rule 1939 through 1953, the story concerns Ivan Sanchin Tom Hulce, a motion picture projectionist who worships the Soviet leader like a god. He lives in a tiny apartment, sharing his space with a Jewish family. One day, the KGB bursts into the apartment of his Jewish neighbors and carts them away. Later that night, there is a loud banging on his door and standing before him are two KGB agents, who drag him off into the night. While at first Ivan can't understand what he did wrong, it seems the news is good -- Stalin wants Ivan to take over as his official motion picture projectionist. But since his job is high security, he can't tell his wife Anastasia Lolita Davidovich what he does for a living. When Anastasia takes an interest in the orphaned child of his former Jewish neighbors, Ivan begins to worry that Anastasia's visits to the state orphanage might have political repercussions against him. When he gets his wife a job serving Stalin's cabinet, he thinks he's solved his political worries. Unfortunately, Anastasia catches the amorous eye of KGB chief Beria Bob Hoskins, and Ivan's unquestioning faith in the Soviet leaders is sorely tested.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • UPC: 043396409156
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,349

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hulce Ivan Sanshin
Lolita Davidovich Anastasia
Bob Hoskins Beria
Alexander Zbruyev Stalin
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. Professor Bartnev
Irina Kupchenko Directress
Bess Meyer Katya (16 years)
Maria Baranova Katya (10 years)
Maria Vinogradova Fedosia
Mikhail Kononov Voroshilov
Evdokiya Germanova Governess
Vladimir Khulishov Col. Schelkasov
Oleg Tabakov Vlasik
Vsevolod Larionov General Rumiantsev
Alexander Feklistov Bolshakov
Vladimir Steklov Khrustalev
L. Matyushina
Alexander Filippenko Maj. Khitrov
Aleksandr Pashutin Commandant of the Train
Sergei Arzibashev Beria's Officer
Perry Bullington
Valentin Cherviakov Malenkov
Irina Lazareva Barbara
Robert MacDonald
Vladimir Petrov Tanya
John Ryan
Alexandr Surin Voronkin
Victor Tradian Mikoyan
Liubov Matiushina Sonia Gubleman
Aleksandr Garin Vasily Morda
Aleksandr Lipkov Aaron Gubleman
Antonina Anokhina Claudia Morda
Yelena Borzunova Popova
Vira Ekroimova Kathy (3 years)
Ilja Chanbudanov Kaganovich
Viktor Balabanov Molotov
Victor Uralsky Mikoyan
Ivan Teplov Projectionist
Technical Credits
Andrei Konchalovsky Director, Screenwriter
Eduard Artemyev Score Composer
Laura Balbi Associate Producer
Claudio Bonivento Producer
Nelli Fomina Costumes/Costume Designer
Ezio Frigerio Production Designer
Antonio Gabrielli Production Manager
Gianni Giovagnoni Art Director
Ennio Guarnieri Cinematographer
Jean-Claude Laureaux Musical Direction/Supervision
Vladimir Murzin Production Designer
Henry Richardson Editor
Anatoli Usov Screenwriter
Pietro Valsecchi Producer
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