Andrey Konchalovsky: a retrospective

The Inner Circle

Producer Claudio Bonivento
Scriptwriter Andrey Konchalovskiy
Anatoli Usov
Director Andrey Konchalovskiy
Director of Photography Ennio Guarnieri
Sound Jean-Claude Laureux
Composer Eduard Artemev
Production Designer Nelli Fomina
Giannetto De Rossi
Production Columbia Pictures
supported by Mosfilm Film Company
Timing 131 min.
Year 1991
Age restriction 12+
Country USA
Cinema Date/Time
DOM KINO 4 September 16:30

Tom Hulce
Lolita Davidovich
Aleksandr Zbruev
Bob Hoskins
Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
Bess Meyer
Oleg Tabakov
Vladimir Kuleshov
Vsevolod Larionov
Aleksandr Feklistov
Aleksandr Filippenko
Aleksandr Sirin
Vladimir Steklov
Irina Kupchenko



The Inner Circle is an expression from the Devyatka word stock, which is the 9th Department of the Kremlin Security Service. People who contacted Stalin directly belonged to this circle, 29 people in total.

The protagonist of the film is a projectionist Ivan. He works for Stalin himself and his inner circle. He has proved his skills and makes sure that the film does not break and the image is sharp. He meets Stalin in close, intimate circle and worships him like a god.

The movie refuses to demonise Stalin. It tells a story of a person who is ready to give life for Stalin. After Ivan’s wife commits suicide, he faints and meets Stalin in his dream. He does not accuse him of the wife’s death but lies to him saying that everything is excellent. He does not want to disappoint his beloved leader. It is this sincere naivety that expresses the tragedy of the film and the Russians as a nation.