The Death of Stalin

Rated R 107 minutes 2017

Darkly hilarious comedy has fun with the bumbling, stumbling power struggle in the Kremlin after the sudden demise of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1953. Filmmaker Armando Iannucci – maker of In the Loop and the TV series Veep and The Thick of It – is the reigning master of this style of quick-witted, dialogue-driven political satire, aided and abetted by actors Steve Buscemi (wonderful as Nikita Khrushchev), Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Michael Palin, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, and Adrian McLoughlin as Stalin. The screenplay is by director Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, and Peter Fellows, adapted from a comic book by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin. If we laugh hard enough, we might momentarily forget that Stalin and his Central Committee comrades were responsible for the deaths of some 20 million Russians. Which makes their pratfalls and sheepishness all the more ridiculous (107 min., 2017, rated R)

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Official Site: www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-death-of-stalin

Director: Armando Iannucci

Producer: Jean-Christophe Colson, Giles Daoust, Catherine Dumonceaux, Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Kevin Loader, Laurent Zeitoun and Yann Zenou

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, Simon Beale, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Paddy Considine, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Richard Brake, Jonathan Aris, Dermot Crowley and Cara Horgan

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