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State Funeral (2019)

The enigma of the personality cult is revealed in the grand spectacle of Joseph Stalin's funeral.

Director:

Sergey Loznitsa (as Sergei Loznitsa)

Writer:

Sergey Loznitsa
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Joseph Stalin ... Self (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Self (archive footage)
Lavrenti Beria ... Self (archive footage)
Vyacheslav Molotov ... Self (archive footage)
Georgi Malenkov ... Self (archive footage)
Enlai Zhou Enlai Zhou ... Self (archive footage)
Dolores Ibárruri Dolores Ibárruri ... Self (archive footage)
Yumyaagiin Tsedenbal Yumyaagiin Tsedenbal ... Self (archive footage)
Valko Chervenkov Valko Chervenkov ... Self (archive footage)
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Unique, mostly unseen before, archive footage from March 1953, presents the funeral of Joseph Stalin as the culmination of the dictator's personality cult. The news of Stalin's death on March 5, 1953, shocked the entire Soviet Union. The burial ceremony was attended by tens of thousands of mourners. We observe every stage of the funeral spectacle, described by Pravda newspaper, as the Great Farewell, and receive an unprecedented access to the dramatic and absurd experience of life and death under Stalin's reign. The film addresses the issue of Stalin's personality cult as a form of terror-induced delusion. It gives an insight into the nature of the regime and its legacy, still haunting the contemporary world. Written by ATOMS & VOID

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Lullaby
Written by Matvey Blanter and Mikhail Isakovskiy
Performed by Sergei Lemeshev
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12 November 2019 | by mantas_narkeviciusSee all my reviews

2+ hours archive footage of people from all over USSR gathering in town squares to either hear the news of Stalin's passing or going to see his corpse at the Unions building. Nothing else happens. Doesn't mean it's bad. Or good. Just saying.


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Country:

Netherlands | Lithuania

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

22 November 2019 (Lithuania) See more »

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Gosudarstvennyye pokhorony See more »

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Moscow, Russia See more »

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$23,024
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1.37 : 1
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