The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop, The Thick of It).
Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.
Combining more comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring than Donald Trump’s inner circle, The Death of Stalin opens at local cinemas from March 29. Trailer here. CTC
“The Death Of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list lineup.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“A film as riotously funny as it is alarmingly pertinent.” – Emma Simonds, The List
“The Death of Stalin” is by turns entertaining and unsettling, with laughs that morph into gasps and uneasy gasps that erupt into queasy, choking laughs.” – Manhole Dargis, New York Times
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