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10th April, 2019 The Death of Stalin (2017) A political satire, written and directed by Armando Iannucci, this modern film is based on a French graphic novel “La Mort de Staline”. The actors include Simon Russell Beale as Beria, Steve Buscemi as Kruschev, Michael Palin as Molotov and Jeffry Tambor as Malenkov. One of the funniest characters is Marshal Zhukov, played by Jason Isaacs. While enjoying the comedy, remember that much of this actually happened. On its release, Iannucci said, “Hitler is poison. Hitler is toxic. You wouldn’t get any pictures of Hitler in Germany, but the hotel we were staying at in Moscow had a portrait up. He’s gotten away with it, really.* We’ve quietly drawn a veil over him and not really concerned ourselves too much about him.”[ *About 26 million of his fellow citizens are thought to have been murdered by Stalin]
Needless to say, the film was banned in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
(Running time 107 mins)