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K4278 - Stalin's Psychiatrist Joseph Stalin

Stalin's Psychiatrist Joseph Stalin
Item No. K4278

Stalin's Psychiatrist Joseph Stalin

Series: Geniuses of Science & History Einstein, Tesla & Stalin
Item No: K4278
Length: 56 minutes
UPC: 709629042780
Copyright: 2010
CC: Yes
MARC Record: Yes
Language: English
Grade Level: 9-Adult
Age Range: 15-Adult
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Awarded official screening in London New Wave Cinema Festival. An historically-based, comedo-drama about Stalin during an intense, hallucination-enriched nervous breakdown initiated by the unexpected Nazi attack on Russia. 1941- Russia in Deadly Peril - will one man have the courage to save millions from death and destruction? Experience the true face of the feared Soviet leader in the face of Hitler's surprise attack on Russia. Russia - 1941. Joseph Stalin has taken Marx and Lenin's vision of a Soviet Worker's Paradise and turned it into a nightmare in which nothing happens unless he gives his personal approval, with horrible consequences for anyone who disobeys or takes any individual initiative. 'Uncle Joe' is confident that Hitler, with whom he has signed a non-aggression pact, will never attack the Soviet Union, but trusted 'friend' Adolf does. The already-struggling Russian people desperately need a leader to mobilize them to stop the Blitzkreig. "Comrade Stalin will know what to do," the generals who survived the Stalinist purges say, and believe. But the 'man of steel' has locked himself inside his private chambers, having a full scale nervous breakdown infused with terror, laced with dwindling self-esteem and generously seasoned with paranoia while being visited by vengeful ghosts from his past. Most prominently present is a Jewish American ex-patriot psychiatrist (Elena) who once admired and loved, Comrade Stalin, She takes it upon herself to whip him back into shape and, if possible, to infuse some humanity into him, while at the same time keeping her real identity and hidden agenda from being revealed. Sensuous and smart Doctor Elena must find a way to untangle Stalin's mind and penetrate his cold heart before it's too late to save Russia. Joseph Stalin (1878 - 1953) was the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. Stalin launched a command economy - a period of rapid industrialization and economic collectivization. The upheaval in the agricultural sector disrupted food production, resulting in widespread famine, such as the catastrophic Soviet famine of 1932-1933. During the late 1930s, Stalin launched the Great Purge (also known as the "Great Terror"), a campaign to purge the Communist Party of people accused of sabotage, terrorism, or treachery. Stalin was one of the most brutal leaders and is responsible for the deaths of millions, yet millions more revere him as a true leader of the Soviet State in its time of need.