The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin 15

Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor

Country: UK/ France
Year: 2017
Duration: 107m

It’s 1953 and Joseph Stalin is busy terrorising everyone, killing off suspected enemies, and keeping even his comrades on edge. Until, one morning, he is found belly-up on the floor of his office following a stroke. What follows is Iannucci's version of hijinks: the plotting and jostling for power by a group of connivers who cowered under their boss.

“Within the burlesque of THE DEATH OF STALIN is a timely allegory about venal, unfit leaders and corrupt governance — the kind of comedy that is Iannucci's specialty. It's not hard to imagine similar, if less bloody, events unfolding in a different capital today.” TIFF

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The Death of Stalin