In Mexico in 1940, Leon Trotsky, the Soviet idealist, banished by Stalin and given sanctuary by the Mexican government, was assassinated.
In Mexico in 1940, Leon Trotsky, the Soviet idealist, banished by Stalin and given sanctuary by the Mexican government, was assassinated. The event, and circumstances surrounding Trotsky's violent end, form the plot of Director Joseph Losey's latest film, "The Assassination of Trotsky."
Losey, whose last film "The Go-Between" won the Grand Prize at this year's Cannes Festival, is fortunate to have Richard Burton in the leading role of his latest project, which also stars Alain Delon and Romy Schneider.
The casting of Richard Burton as Trotsky marks a dramatic turn in an acting career, which has been more celebrated, chronicled and talked about than any other in out time.
Shooting began on location in Mexico City, at the house where Trotsky lived and died. The house is now a museum, and in this VISNEWS film, Seva Volkov, grandson of Trotsky, conducts a tour of the residence where Trotsky was assassinated. Director Losey and the entire crew returned to Rome for filming of final scenes in the studio, where Richard Burton is seen made up remarkably like Trotsky.
SYNOPSIS:In Rome, the film set for Director Joseph Losey's new film, "The Assassination of Trotsky." Losey's last film, "The Go-Between", won the Grand Prize at this year's Cannes Festival. In his new film, the lead is played by Richard Burton. Not in picture, but certainly a star on the set is the leading man's wife, Elizabeth Taylor Burton.
Mrs. Burton has been quoted as saying of her husband, "I'm just a broad. But Richard is a great actor."
Before the final scenes were shot in the Rome studios, the entire cast and crew spent several weeks filming on location in Mexico City. Romy Schneider is also starring in the film, along with Alain Delon. Delon plays Trotsky's assassin, Jacson, and the lover of Gita, played by Miss Schneider.
In this scene, Gita and Jacson are alone together, before the assassination Leon Trotsky was banished from the Soviet Union by Stalin and given sanctuary by the Mexican government. On the twentieth of August, Jacson visited Trotsky. In Trotsky's study, Jacson took out an ice-pick and stabbed Trotsky in the head. Captured, the assassin spent twenty years in prison.