The Great Citizen

  • 1939
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Josef Stalin's own version of the famed Moscow "show trials" of 1937, in which hundreds of dissidents--presumed followers of Leon Trotsky--were liquidated or transported to Siberian prison camps for long terms. Historically interesting, if only for its revelations of the party-disciplined defendants sealing their own warrants of doom by publicly confessing...read more

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Josef Stalin's own version of the famed Moscow "show trials" of 1937, in which hundreds of dissidents--presumed followers of Leon Trotsky--were liquidated or transported to Siberian prison camps for long terms. Historically interesting, if only for its revelations of the

party-disciplined defendants sealing their own warrants of doom by publicly confessing their revisionism. Overlong, overacted, and excessively polemical, but a fascinating view of the party line of the time. Fedorova--unusual for this type of Soviet film--is a knockout. (In Russian; English

subtitles.)

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