"I Was Stalin's Bodyguard"
Directed by Semyon Aranovich
This controversial documentary created a storm in
Russia by taking the cloak off a violent, repressive period of Soviet
history. Filmmaker Semyon Aranovich found the last surviving personal
bodyguard of Josef Stalin, who began working for the dictator in the
1930s. I Was Stalin's Bodyguard weaves together unprecedented,
first-hand testimony with rare footage, including Stalin's home movies.
What emerges is a singular portrait of a violent and complex era during
which Stalin consolidated his power through brutal repressions, yet led
the Soviet Union to victory in World War II. "Aranovish has a nice sense
of irony" (David Robinson, London Times). Russian with English