The Death of Stalin

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Moscow, 1953; the sudden death of the all-powerful Joseph Stalin sets off a panic among those closest to him. Based on a French graphic novel, this comedy takes real-life events and turns them into an absurd, icy farce. Fans of the director’s TV shows (The Thick of It, Veep) and movie In the Loop (2009) will feel right at home as the foul-mouthed, clumsy men surrounding Stalin do their best to plot a future after his death. Very dark satire and perhaps not everyone will stomach the real-life horrors of Stalin’s reign of terror. Not laugh-out-loud-funny, but still relevant; great cast, with Simon Russell Beale a standout as the despicable Beria.

 2017-Britain-France. 106 min. Color. Directed by Armando Iannucci. Graphic Novel: Fabien Nury, Thierry Robin. Cast: Steve Buscemi (Nikita Khrushchev), Jeffrey Tambor (Georgy Malenkov), Michael Palin (Vyacheslav Molotov), Simon Russell Beale (Lavrentiy Beria), Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine… Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs.

European Film Awards: Best Comedy.

 

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