Andrey Konchalovsky: a retrospective
The Inner Circle
|Scriptwriter|| Andrey Konchalovskiy
|Director of Photography||Ennio Guarnieri|
|Production Designer|| Nelli Fomina
Giannetto De Rossi
|Production|| Columbia Pictures
supported by Mosfilm Film Company
|Cinema||Date/Time||DOM KINO||4 September 16:30|
Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
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.