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A staged reading of Mikhail Durnenkov’s new play, “Eisenstein” took place at Sidorov Petya's Theater. The play explores the life of the renowned Soviet director Eisenstein through the perspective of a young NKVD serviceman tasked with spying on him while Stalin commissions a propaganda film about the "just tyrant" Ivan the Terrible. It is a tale of resisting the system and preserving one's artistic integrity, of love standing against dehumanization, and of finding ways to overcome tyranny in seemingly hopeless circumstances.

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