Josef Stalin rises from his rejection as being physically unfit in the Czar's army during world War I to undisputed head of the huge Soviet empire of the 1950s. After the success of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 he vies with arch-rival Leon Trotsky for power under the acknowledged leader, Vladimir Lenin. After Lenin's stroke, the merciless Georgian's ruthless methods soon eliminates all rivals and his cruel paranoia and overt sadism help him maintain power by eliminating every possible rival including many former comrades.
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[Referring to Stalin, who's on his deathbed
Hemorrhage on his brain... He can't breathe.
Let him die - murdering bastard.
[the dying Stalin chuckles and it appears he's regaining consciousness, so Beria panics and begins kissing Stalin's hand
Forgive me... forgive me... forgive me...
[Stalin goes back into his coma, and Beria feels safe, so he spits on the floor in contempt
Features The Battle of Russia
Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78
by Sergei Prokofiev
Performed by Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
(as Kurt Mazur), Conductor
Courtesy of Teldec Classic International
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
Used as background music for archive footage See more