The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

DVD - 2018
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When the tyrannical ruler Stalin dies, his hapless inner circle scrambles to come up with the next evolution of the revolution, but it's clear everyone is really out for themselves. Proof that comedy, like politics, is all in the execution.

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Dreamstime
Oct 19, 2020

Might be good for history buffs but not so much for me. More dark than humorous.

JCLLizW Oct 08, 2020

This dark comedy excellently captures the tense and fearful atmosphere of Stalinist Russia: power struggles, the people's desperation, and the pressure to conform. Some historical inaccuracies are expected given that the film is focused on satire rather than a faithful retelling.

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bdehler
Sep 08, 2020

Great entertaining comedy that also deals with ruthless killer Communists

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stephen_r_ferg
Sep 04, 2020

At one time in my life I went through a phase where I got interested in Stalin and did a lot of reading, including some of Kruschev's voluminous memoirs. This film is interesting and quite accurate in many ways. If you're interested in this topic, it is worth watching.

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SusyHendrix
Aug 20, 2020

Super entertaining comedy, though it's super dark. It reminded me a bit of something like DR. STRANGELOVE.

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 29, 2020

A rather zany exposition of how the Soviets determined the next leader once Stalin had been laid to rest.

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Shuken_1989
May 18, 2020

"The Death of Stalin" is a political comedy following the events of March, 1953 directly following the death of the Soviet premier Joseph Stalin. The film's main "protagonist" is Nikita Khruschev (played wonderfully by Steve Buscemi) a war hero from the Battle of Stalingrad and serving as Stalin's Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or the head of Stalin's cabinet. The movie captures and makes light of the intense paranoia that ruled the Soviet state since Stalin had ascended to power in the 1920s, the opening scene with the Radio Moscow director and the orchestra capturing that finely, in addition to the snide remarks made between Soviet officials which are often open death threats. All of the actors performed wonderfully, besides Buscemi's Khruschev some of the notables: were Jason Isaacs portrayal of the bombastic and gallows humored Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the commander of the Red Army and untouchable even by Stalin due to his role in winning the World War Two and the respect that he garnered amongst the soldiers of the Red Army. As well as Jeffrey Tambor's portrayal of Georgy Malenkov, Stalin's spineless and milquetoast second in command and Simon Russell Beale's portrayal of Levrentiy Beria, the scheming and perverted head of the NKVD, the Soviet internal intelligence arm and secret police. The cast really brings the whole piece together, interacting comically and naturally with one another, they really sold the idea that they had all been working together for decades. The story and the comedy flow throughout, because of this the movie never slows its pace, the viewer becomes intimately connected to the characters and the conclusion is nicely wrapped up. I would recommend this film to pretty much everyone.

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FloraWest
Apr 26, 2020

So dark, so funny and so paranoia-inducing. The writing is so good it's unbelievable. From the creator of Veep, In the Loop and Thick of It. The cast is also so strong across the board.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 01, 2020

"The Death of Stalin" embodies a humorous, dark and exaggerated recreation of the many personas that crafted and evolved the soviet union. Featuring a full-bodied cast of renowned actors and individuals in the comedic world, the film allows viewers to interpret to the harsh and unforgiving nature of the times in question. An interesting adaptation to real-world events that did occur, the movie provides a great narrative for anyone trying to get a good laugh from seriously grim pieces of human history. Rating: 4/5
@Davvy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 30, 2019

Very funny film with dark humor. Interesting take on a moment in history. Great acting.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jul 04, 2019

From Beria, after previously telling somebody that the wife should be with her husband because after all they are a couple, pointing to names on a list he is handing a soldier: "Shoot her first, make sure he sees, then shoot him."

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bdelligatti
Jul 05, 2018

"I've had nightmares that made more sense than this!"... spoken to Khrushchev

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Jul 04, 2019

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