In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.
Kristin Scott Thomas
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
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 haemorrhage. Inevitably, when his body is discovered in the following morning, a frenetic surge of raw panic spreads like a virus in 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
The film alludes to the 1950 plane crash in Sverdlovsk that killed most of the Soviet ice hockey team, which happened three years before Stalin's death. It is true that Vasili Stalin, the team's patron, feared his father's reaction and tried to recruit a new team at extremely short notice. See more »
One of the main features of the movie is that Lavrenti Beria was given an unfair, non-publicized trial and was shot immediately, on the same day as his arrest. In reality, there was a trial half a year after the arrest; though it was not fair either, it was much more public and apparently conducted in a proper courtroom, not in a warehouse as in the film. Beria was also not the only person to go on trial, doing so with several colleagues who were also sentenced to death. See more »
[standing over Stalin's unconscious body]
Have a long sleep, old man. I'll take it from here.
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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 »
Superb script , you probably already know the actual history but the way it's been condensed into this Film based on the French graphic novel is superb .
This would make a fantastic stage play written in the Neil Simon style with more than a sprinkle of Shakespearean political skulduggery.
The chess game that went on in the background after Stalin's death to produce his successor from ambitious rivals who manoeuvre to protect their own skins under the pretence of doing it for the collective good .
In a period where life and death were just a word away there could only be one winner but like a Roman emperor victory can be short lived if your back is a magnet for knives !
An intelligent comic romp with excellent caricatures of the names you'll know from history that will keep you laughing from start to finish whilst educating you about this period of history .
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