Khodorkovsky (2011)

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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
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NR
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
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Cast

Harvey Friedman
as Narrator
Cyril Tuschi
as Cyril Tuschi
Jean-Marc Barr
as Narrator
Marina Khodorkovskaya
as Marina Khodorkovskaya
Lena Khodorkovskaya
as Lena Khodorkovskaya
Pavel Khodorkovsky
as Pavel Khodorkovsky
Anton Drel
as Anton Drel
Joschka Fischer
as Joschka Fischer
Maksim Valetsky
as Maksim Valetsky
Leonid Nevzlin
as Leonid Nevzlin
Aleksei Kondaurov
as Aleksei Kondaurov
Irina Yasina
as Irina Yasina
Christian Michel
as Christian Michel
Ben Aris
as Ben Aris
Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky
as Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky
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Critic Reviews for Khodorkovsky

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

Tuschi has a sharp sense of tempo and shot composition, and he obviously knows how to ask questions, because he gets good answers.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Helps to make Khodorkovsky more of a reality than the enigma he threatens to become.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

"Khodorkovsky" is a curious and admirable documentary, the product of one filmmaker's inability to let go of a story.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | December 2, 2011
NPR
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 30, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Khodorkovsky

A naive attempt to whitewash a criminal who was involved in the killings of people. Because of people like Khodorkovsky (Berezovsky, Petr Aven and others) the idea of ​​democracy was forever discredited in the eyes of the Russian people. Thieves and murderers have divided the wealth of the USSR under the false slogans of free markets and democracy. Instead I recommend watching great documentary "The Oligarchs: The Struggle for Russia" by Alexander Gentelev.

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