The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). 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. 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 including Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaac, Michael Palin and Simon Russell Beale. In cinemas March 29. Watch the trailer here.
10 years ago, a talented young French comic-writer, Fabien Nury, brought a marvelous script to his editor, a funny dark comedy about Stalin’s Death and the subsequent power struggle. Together, they found a gifted cartoonist, Thierry Robin, who was influenced by expressionism and Russian art. Two years later, the first edition of the Death of Stalin was published in France and became a multi-award winning success.
A crazy and optimistic French producer, Laurent Zeitoun, bought the rights to the comic. He loved the story and wanted to make an international movie with a great cast. Everybody took him for a dreamer and a fool. Today, the film the Death of Stalin has been launched in Australia, with an incredible Hollywood cast and a fantastic director. A masterpiece, something between Doctor Strangelove and the Dictator, and it is so good that the movie is banned in Russia.
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