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Synopsis: Srubov is a part of CHEKA, the secret police Lenin established after the Bolshevik Revolution. They arrest, interview for a minute, try in ten seconds, and execute intellectuals, aristocrats, Jews, clergy, and their families. In the building basement, five people at a time are shot as they stand naked facing wooden doors. No one to remember their last words; no martyrs, just anonymous bodies. Daily, the kangaroo court, the executions, the loading of bodies onto wagons. Srubov is cold, distant, sexually dysfunctional, and a deep thinker, hated by former friends and his family. As he tries to reason the nature of revolution and the purpose of CHEKA, he slowly goes mad.

About this edition: Sadly, ‘The Chekist” has never been released in the West or anywhere else that we know of. This was taken from a rare broadcast on British TV, professionally transferred to DVD – with the audio and video streams digitally optimized.  The end result: a solid 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 in quality; not great but still very watchable.

Product Details

  • Starring: Igor Sergeyev, Aleksei Poluyan, Mikhail Vasserbaum, Sergei Isavnin, Vasili Domrachyov
  • Director: Aleksandr Rogozhkin
  • Screenplay: Jacques B aynac, André Milbet
  • Format: Color, Full-screen, Region-Free, Russian with English
  • Rated: NR (Note: while never gratuitous or remotely eroticized, the film features distant, shadowy nudity relative to the executions, similar to “Schindler’s List.”  And the executions, while psychologically disturbing, are largely bloodless. Obviously, viewer discretion is advised.)
  • Running time: 93 minutes

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