|Directed by||Aleksandr Rogozhkin|
|Written by||Jacques Baynac
|Edited by||Tamara Denisova|
|Running time||91 minutes|
The Chekist (Russian: Чекист) is a 1992 Russian drama film directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. The film is currently not in distribution.
The film depicts the Cheka executions during the Russian Civil War (1917-1923) through the eyes of a senior officer of the Cheka in a small Russian town. Most of the film is taken up by the unrelenting and merciless series of executions, carried out in the basement of a slaughterhouse. We also see lightning interrogations and dozens of summary death sentences pronounced by Chekist troikas.
Piers Handling, director of the Toronto International Film Festival, said of the film:
"Rogozhkin eventually penetrates into the psychotic mind of the Chekist with a moment of sublime insight, reminiscent of Bertolucci's equally disturbing portrait of the fascist killer in The Conformist. The Chekist is an overwhelming cry in the face of such madness."
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