The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

DVD - 2018 | Widescreen edition
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Paramount Home Entertainment, c2018
Edition: Widescreen edition
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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WoodneathKristie
Oct 07, 2019

How does one even attempt exploring the pox on humanity that was Joseph Stalin's life? By a comedic retelling of his death, of course. The events surrounding the final days of the "Greatest Genius of All Times and Peoples" give a glimpse into the terror and dysfunction of the Stalinist state, and the depravity and resilience of the inner circle that surrounded the tyrant. And yes- it IS darkly funny. The acting is superb, and the history is on-point.

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amanoletters99
Aug 28, 2019

I found this film to be much better the second watch through. Yes, the humour is black, but the all-star cast makes everything work as it should. Top notch!

TRoud Jul 08, 2019

A wonderful film, and any fan of Armando Iannucci will pick up his usual tropes and find them funny anyway. Steve Buscemi as Kruschev and Jason Isaacs as Zhukov steal the show. A bleak but fascinating period of history, adapted into a black comedy with a small dose of slapstick. Michael Palin as the vacillating Molotov also deserves a mention. For those who know the history some scenes will be funnier than without that knowledge (Stalin falls ill and his coterie of duplicitous apparatchiks search desperately for a competent doctor, following the "Doctor's Plot" of 1952-53. Simon Russell Beale's portrayal of the particularly monstrous and brutal Beria is a good reminder of the reality of the Stalinist period.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jul 04, 2019

This is a horribly good black-comedy movie about horrible people during a horrible time in history and I recommend it if you are not easily offended. It's a reminder that even the most evil people have a sense of humour and friends that they pal around with (while plotting their doom). It has non-stop triggers for anybody who was affected during the Stalin/Cold War years. Good acting, good cast, evil characters.

what is next? DEATH OF TROTSKY (who was in exile, in mexico city, when stalin had him assassinated)?

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charlysdad
Jun 18, 2019

If you like the same joke repeated over and over. You’ll love this movie. The acting is actually not bad. It’s just every scene is about the same thing.

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benjithegreat
Apr 20, 2019

I have to say, I'd heard about the movie, and I may have even heard it was pretty funny, and even knew Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor were in it, but I had no idea what I was in for. It is absolutely hilarious. Especially when not prepared for it. And Issacs as Zhukov is great!

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EvanSchoenfeld
Apr 17, 2019

The characters Khrushchev, Zhukov and Beria seem fairly drawn from Soviet leaders who went by those names. Whether the Central Committee really lurched through misunderstandings like Marx Brothers, it apparently functioned well enough to serve Beria final comeuppance. A pie in the face might have been lighter watching, but still.

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TFWelsh
Apr 16, 2019

The copy that i got would not play on either of my dvd players.

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johnulee
Mar 06, 2019

Very well made film, good writing, acting and staging.... some tongue in cheek, so to speak, but still honest to the times and serious in places... some liberties were taken in the name of lightening up the mood, but in the end a very enjoyable 90 minutes.

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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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PearlyKayAm1
Jul 04, 2019

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