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Zina (1985)

After Stalin's purges, Zinaida Volkova, daughter of Leon Trotsky, is exiled to Berlin. As the Nazis rise to power, and World War II is approaching, she becomes obsessed with Antigone, the protagonist of a famous Greek tragedy, and loses her mind.

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Ken McMullen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rom Anderson Rom Anderson ... Maria
Ron Anderson Ron Anderson
George Antoni George Antoni ... Andre Breton (as George Yiasoumi)
Micha Bergese Micha Bergese ... Molanov
Gaby Dellal ... Stenographer (as Gabrielle Dellal)
Paul Geoffrey ... Lyova
Domiziana Giordano ... Zina Bronstein
Eleanor Greet Eleanor Greet ... Stalin's Agent
William Hootkins ... Walter Adams
Georges Levantis Georges Levantis ... Kharalambos
Philip Madoc ... Leon Trotsky
Ian McKellen ... Kronfeld
Leonie Mellinger Leonie Mellinger ... German Stenographer
Maureen O'Brien ... Natalya
Dominique Pinon ... Pierre
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Zina, the daughter of Leon Trotsky by his first wife, is undergoing freudian analysis in Berlin in the 'thirties. Meanwhile Trotsky is in exile in Prinkipo having been driven from power by Stalin. The Nazis rise to power in Germany and Austria and Zina commits suicide. Written by chris bright <cbright@cix.compulink.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1985 (Spain) See more »

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Looseyard Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby
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Overwhelming
24 August 2001 | by justusdallmerSee all my reviews

McMullen's art of photographing and blending scenes into each other is incredible. I've never seen a similar way to create a dreamlike atmosphere or to build up tension when showing only two people talking. Of course, no mainstream bull**** can compete. But it requires concentration - I saw it many times, but it is still not easy. You want to know the contents? Me too! Some parts are about a daughter trying to understand her important father. But maybe understanding takes place between the lines and is not obvious. Forget "Octopussy" as recommandation - it's bull****, like every James Bond. Check out "Ghost Dance" instead, by McMullen, too.


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