• Short Summary

    In Mexico in 1940, Leon Trotsky, the Soviet idealist, banished by Stalin and given sanctuary by the Mexican government, was assassinated.

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    GV Trotsky's house

    GV PAN FROM House to monument in garden

    SV IN Trotsky's office

    SV Trotsky's glasses on desk

    CU ZOOM OUT Bullet holes in bedroom wall.

    CU Slate for Trotsky film in Rome

    GV Film technicians on set of Trotsky's house.

    CU ZOOM OUT FROM Director Losey to Richard Burton dressed as Trotsky sit in chair (2 shots)

    SV Mrs. Burton talks to Losey.

    LV PAN FROM Film crew to Burton

    GV Location shooting set in Mexico on river

    SCU Romy Schneider goes aboard boat

    CU Alain Delon talks to Losey on boat

    GV Boat pushed off

    LV Schneider lays down on boat talking to Losey

    SV Cameraman films

    TV Schneider on boat being filmed

    GV Boat with film crew and actors moves down river
    00 TRANSCRIPT: Seva Volkov (SEQ. 1): "I am Seva Volkov, grandson of Leon Trotsky. This is the house where Trotsky was killed by a Stalin agent thirty-one years ago. Hare you can see the monument, in which are the ashes of Trotsky and his wife, Natalia. The other section of the house are the rooms where they lives. If you want, I can show you the office. Come this way, please. This is the office where Leon Trotsky suffered, thirty-one years ago, the fetal attack by the G.P.U. agent, Jacson, who was sent by Stalin. The table is kept exactly like it was at that moment. These are the lenses that Trotsky was wearing the day of his fatal attack. They were broken during the fight. Here, we are in the bedroom of Trotsky and Natalia, and you can still see the bullet holes produced by a submachine gun on the first frustrated attempt of assassination."
    Initials BB/1230 JL/AW/BB/1255 THE SOUND ON FILM INCLUDES THE VOICE OF SEVA VOLKOV CONDUCTING A TOUR OF THE TROTSKY RESIDENCE IN MEXICO CITY. A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS. THE SOUND ON FILM ALSO INCLUDES NATURAL SOUND ON THE FILM SETS
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    Background: 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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9IBHXUXT4FI7OM1AX79E0Q1WZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9IBHXUXT4FI7OM1AX79E0Q1WZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:00:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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