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The Death of Stalin

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci. 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. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.

      

Genres: Drama, Comedy

Other Films by Armando Iannucci

In the Loop

Before his brilliant HBO series Veep took US cablewaves by storm, writer/director Armando Iannucci created the British sitcom-of-sorts The Thick of It, which shrewdly skewered the UK political machine. In the Loop—a feature-length spin-off dealing with simultaneous UK/US invasions of Iraq—features many of Thick’s main characters, including brilliant turns by Tom Hollander (Gosford Park) as