Mikhail Khodorkovsky was once the richest man in Russia. Today, he's one of the world's most famous political prisoners. A story of Shakespearean proportions, The New York Times has reported on Khodorkovsky in both its news and op-ed pages. Fascinating interviews with Khodorkovsky (sometimes sitting in a glass box in the courtroom), members of his family, and others portray a country transformed from its moribund Communist past to one in which power-hungry politicians are abetted by a corrupt, drunken and cynical younger generation. Stark black and white animated sequences help tell an amazing back-story that plays like a political thriller. -- (C) Kino Lorber … More
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Critic Reviews for Khodorkovsky
Tuschi has a sharp sense of tempo and shot composition, and he obviously knows how to ask questions, because he gets good answers.
Helps to make Khodorkovsky more of a reality than the enigma he threatens to become.
"Khodorkovsky" is a curious and admirable documentary, the product of one filmmaker's inability to let go of a story.
Navigating a tangled tale such as this is like entering a hall of mirrors. "Khodorkovsky" doesn't do a good enough job of Windexing them.
It's a perfect fit for the blend of Greek tragedy, spaghetti Western and judicial farce that defines business and politics in the New Russia.
It's unlikely to enflame American audiences with less of a stake in Russia's political goings-on, but works as a persuasive portrait of a politically toxic situation.
As Tuschi's film digs deeper, it seems to offer less information. Clearly, many people have been, and still are, affected by this phantom of a subject. This story is not over.
Features frank, informative interviews (including one with Khodorkovsky after his second trial) and raises some important questions.
A documentary that takes fewer prisoners than Putin's KGB, Tuschi's study of Russian power politics is smart, scary and sobering.
Tuschi collates the evidence masterfully - TV footage, documents, interviews with ex-colleagues - to substantiate what much of the world is already convinced of.
A convincing picture of a principled man prepared to become a jailed martyr if that's what it took to rally the people behind him.
An interview with Khodorkovsky, vox pops with ordinary Russians and some weird animation fail to secure contributions of great significance, let alone clarify basic issues of guilt or innocence.
Edged with cynicism and wit, Tuschi's film can't hide its admiration - but real answers lurk tantalisingly out of reach.
There is a Catch 22 lurking in the murkiness of this film but most will be challenged to find it.
If Khodorkovsky is not making an especially new argument, it is making it forcefully and engagingly. The form constitutes its own politics, pure or not.
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