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The Death of Stalin

A dark comedy

This is a comedy, but it really has lessons for us all. To laugh we have to suspend belief and reality for a while. Stalin was responsible for the death of millions and there is nothing funny about that. But maybe by finding things to laugh at we can gain some new insights into the old Soviet Union.

The story came from a graphic novel that told a darkly comic tale about hte power vacuum left behind after Stalin’s death.

In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.

A film that combines comedy, drama, pathos and political manoeuvring, The Death of Stalin  is a Quad and Main Journey production, directed by Armando Iannucci, and produced by Yann Zenou, Kevin Loader, Nicolas Duval Assakovsky, and Laurent Zeitoun. The script is written by Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin, with additional material by Peter Fellows.

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