May 19, 2021

Episode 520: Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)

Special Guests: Jonathan Brent, Guy Seligmann
Guest Co-Hosts: Gianna D’Emilio, Spencer Parsons

Released in 1989, Aleksey German's Khrustalyov, My Car! is set in 1953 agains the death of Josef Stalin and his "Doctor's Plot". The film centers on General Klensky, a huge man with a penchant for cigars and cognac-laced tea, who is doomed to be replaced by a double who will give the right answers during his inevitable show trial.

Gianna D’Emilio and Spencer Parsons join Mike to discuss this chaotic film (which was lambasted upon its screening at Cannes). Professor Jonathan Brent (author of Stalin's Last Crime: The Doctor's Plot) talks about the state of the Soviet Union in 1953 while producer Guy Seligmann provides the history of the film.

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"Gasthaus Zum Lachenden Stalin" - Jan Delay
"Goodbye Lenin, Hello Stalin" - Kullhammar Osgood Vgan


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