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The Death of Stalin
DIRECTOR Armando Iannucci
CAST Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough
Armando Iannucci’s darkly hilarious comedy about the battle for power after Stalin’s death features a brilliant cast.
Armando Iannucci directs a brilliant black comedy about backstairs intrigue at the Kremlin after Stalin dies in 1953. The dictator’s band of scheming bootlicks plot and jostle for power, each desperate to climb the ladder but all revealing their incompetence. A timely allegory about venal, unfit leaders and corrupt governance, played by an outrageously good ensemble cast.
(2017 France / UK 107 mins)
Iannucci masterfully blends dark humour about an authoritarian regime and farcical comedy performed with perfect timing … Iannucci gets bold performances from everyone, with each actor revealing a different comic streak. Jeffrey Tambor plays the vain Malenkov, next in line to Stalin but actually Beria’s pawn. Michael Palin is the hapless Molotov, so brainwashed by Stalinism he will pretend his wife is a traitor if it saves his own life. Andrea Riseborough plays Stalin’s level-headed and suspicious daughter, Svetlana, who can see trouble coming. Caryn James, BBC
BBFC advice: Contains very strong language and brief strong violence
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