Russia: Saturday Night at the Movies

The film's plot is hardly new: the time is October 1917, the place is Petrograd, and the Bolsheviks are kicking the stuffing out of Alexander Kerensky's provisional government with the help of the cruiser Aurora, which is firing blanks at the Winter Palace. But what Moscow cinema fans found really new and startling at last week's premiere of Salvo of the Aurora were a couple of the bit players. For in Salvo, after nearly 40 years as an "unperson"—that ideological limbo to which the Soviets assign their villains—Leon Trotsky had returned to...

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