The Inner CircleClosed Captioning
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It is Ivan Sanshin's (Tom Hulce) wedding night, and the KGB is at his door. His neighbor was arrested an hour before; now, on this summer night in 1939, on this one of a thousand nights of purges during Joseph Stalin's reign, it is Ivan's turn to be taken away, and he is not sure he will ever see his bride (Lolita Davidovich) again. He has done nothing wrong, but that does not deter the KGB. A terrifying drive through the streets of Moscow takes him not, however, to disgrace and death, but into the innermost sanctum of Soviet power. Ivan Sanshin, humble projectionist for the KGB club, has been pressed into duty to show films to none other than Stalin himself. From this night on, Comrade Sanshin becomes Stalin's personal projectionist and part of his hero's inner circle.
The Inner Circle.
Do not pass up giving this movie a chance; it is a wonderful reminder and re-creation of the feel of living during a difficult time we should not be allowed to forget about...
It succeeds at giving you the feeling of what it was like to live under Stalin. It is not melodramatic, overly graphic, nor exaggerated. Rather, it gives an everyday realistic feel for everyday life. And it does not seem exaggeration for a soldier-guard to dance at end of day -- with joy that he has succeeded at managing to LIVE through another day.
This movie pays tribute to the eternal optimism of people living under daily fear and learning to go on living daily lives of families and caring for each other.
I know this is today not a popular period in history. But do not pass up a chance to experience this movie just once. Then you will want to watch it again :)