A film by Armando Iannucci

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor

Staline suddenly dies and chaos is setting in the government of the Soviet Union.

Ok then here it is there is no way in hell that someone is going to do a film about Stalin who was this brutal and deadly dictator in  the USSR. But someone has the intelligence to do it in a satire, well that would be better. You have to understand Stalin was a mass murderer of a different class. The film is based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin.


The movie begins with a disaster. On Radio Moscow one evening, the pianist Maria Yudina and orchestra do great job playing Mozart. So much so that Stalin phones in and asks that a recording be sent over to his dacha. One problem: Radio Moscow wasn’t recording. Panic sets in; only one solution is possible: restage the concert and record it. Little problem Maria does not want to do it; however she has good reason. Once the discover that Stalin is dead so they thought, the funny thing is they needed a doctor but Stalin did trust the doctors because he thought they were trying to poison him, so they are in jail or dead. You will see how they get other doctors to come in to determine the cause of death and yes the dialogue in likely to be a little strange at times. It is a risk to do a satire of this monster but there it was done intelligently with some serious belly laugh. The cast is awesome, Steve Buscemi is on the top of his game as Khrushchev, Michael Palin as Molotov, Jason Isaac as Zhukov and Jeffrey Tambour  as the vain Malenkov. From beginning to the end this film is kicking ass big time. Have fun with this one and do not miss it.


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