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Veliky Grazhdanin

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Few Russian filmmakers genuflected at the altar of Marxist-Leninism with as much frequency-and with as much skill-as documentary director Friedrich Ermler. Filmed over a two-year period, The Great Citizen is a two-part reaction of the events surrounding the infamous "Purge Trials" engineered by Josef Stalin. The alleged plotters against the Soviet Union, who according to court transcripts intended to oust Stalin and wrest control of the Moscow Central Committee, are depicted as black-hearted villains...more

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