In early-1953 Moscow, under the Great Terror's heavy cloak of state paranoia, the ever-watchful Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, collapses unexpectedly of a brain hemorrhage. Inevitably, when his body is discovered the following morning, a frenetic surge of raw panic spreads like a virus among the senior members of the Council of Ministers as they scramble to maintain order, weed out the competition, and, ultimately, take power. But in the middle of a gut-wrenching roller-coaster of incessant plotting, tireless machinations, and frail allegiances, absolutely no one is safe; not even the feared chief of the secret police, Lavrenti Beria. In the end, who will prevail after the death of Stalin?Written by
Despite the fact that the movie takes completely in Russia all the signs and writing in the movie is in English using Latin letters, not Cyrillic letters. A few exceptions can be seen on the scenes for Stalin's funeral where several Latin letters are replaced with Cyrillic letters, like on the movie's cover, where the letter "A" in "Stalin" is replaced with the Cyrillic letter "D", or in the line "Stalin lives forever" on the memorial wreath the letters V and E were replaced by the Cyrillic letters "TS" and the backwards version of the letter "EA". See more »
In real life, Zhukov did not have a large scar on his face. See more »
I'm going to have to report this conversation, threatening to do harm or obstruct any member of the Presidium in the process of...
[He sees Khrushchev's expression and bursts out laughing]
look at your fucking face!
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Black-and-white photographs of the main characters appear over the end credits, but various figures are airbrushed out, have their faces defaced, or have other people superimposed over them, as per Soviet photos of Trotsky and purge victims. See more »
Watched this at the cinema last night and although I was looking forward to it and was expecting it to be good I was still pleasantly surprised.
Firstly: the actors all put in very believable and impressive performances. A joy to behold. Secondly: the plot is as intruiging as it is funny and really keeps you glued to the screen. Thirdly: this made me laugh out loud at least five times during it's run-time. You know: the sort of laughs you just can't hold back even if you try.
In essence this is a very dark film that makes light of the crimes against humanity all these people were actually guilty of comitting. Some people might find it offensive that they are portrayed as quite funny and engaging characters. But I think Iannucci does such a good job reminding the audience of the nature of these people that he keeps a balance and really succeeds with this movie.
Very enjoyable. One of the best movies of the year. I really enjoyed this - and if you like whitty dialogue, good acting and an intelligently unfolded plot - you will too.
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