The Death Of Stalin


Synopsis

The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci who directs this dark comedy which follows the final days of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin)’s life and the pandemonium that came after his death. Set in 1953, feared leader Stalin is taken ill and dies. Soon after, those closest to him fight for their chance at power. His core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive. A film that combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring.

Critics Views

The Death of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list line up. There are no weak links. Each has a plum role; each squeezes every gorgeous horrible drop. The Guardian

Iannucci has proven time and again, with The Thick of It and its US spin-off, Veep, his ability to uncover the vanity of power-grabs and the ways weak, grasping personalities expose themselves in politics. Quip for quip, the face-offs here match those shows in speed and finesse, while heading towards an altogether more chilling conclusion: the laughs are fully intended to stop dead at a certain point, as the actual import of the back-stabbing and table-turning sinks in. The Telegraph

Iannucci’s brand of political satire is applied to one of the darkest chapters in modern history, with sensational results. The Lives Of Others with laughs, it’s farcical, frightening and a timely reminder that things could always be worse. Empire

The Death of Stalin is Iannucci’s most complex and almost nihilistic rendering of what politics is: A team of bumbling and weak-minded people who lack any real conviction other than a desire for power and position. Vox

There is one thing that power can’t stand, and that is to be mocked: The social importance of this topical romp should not be underestimated. Toronto Globe and Mail

 

BAFTA Nominations for Best Screenplay and Outstanding British Film

British Independent Film Awards: 3 wins and 10 nominations

Film Rating

IMDb
 Critics 88% Audience 77%

Rotten Tomatoes
Top Critics positive review 97%  Audience liked it 82%

Stockbridge Audience: 77%

No. of responses:-
Excellent 31
Good 26
Average 12
Poor 6
Very Poor 0

Date: Friday 16 March 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Genre: Comedy Drama

Director: Armando Iannucci

WriterArmando Iannucci

Starring: Rupert Friend, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin

Film Length: 1hr 46mins

Rating: 15
Very strong language, brief strong violence

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