After Stalin suddenly dies of a stroke in 1953, the ruling ‘comrades’ frantically scramble for power as they organize his funeral.

    Singularity Posted on September 13, 2018 in Examples.

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    The Death of Stalin

    Based on true events, the power struggle for succession after Comrade Stalin’s death is played as a wicked, dark farce.

    And even though the conniving Nikita Khrushchev character eventually emerges as the winner of the power struggle against the ruthless Lavrentiy Beria, it’s an ensemble piece. So I don’t think it necessary to tap one of the ‘comrades’ as the protagonist. 

    on September 13, 2018.

    I only learned of the existence of this movie when I read about it in a Swedish newspaper. It wasn’t even a review but a short news story about how the Russian government had decided to clear the movie for public showing in Moscow, only to ban it a few hours later.

    It was primarily the fact that the movie is written and directed by Armando Iannucci, the creator of the TV shows The Thick of It and Veep. Since I like those and the spin-off movie In the Loop, I got curious and ordered The Death of Stalin on Blu-Ray. After seeing the movie, it felt as though the whole part of the Russians allowing the movie to premiere and then banning it was a part of the movie.
    on September 14, 2018.
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      Good logline and a great movie – I actually just watched it last night after a friend recommended it.

      Agreed about the ensemble piece. As it’s based on real events and real characters, which most of the viewing audience would already know of, it can afford to break with the single protagonist convention and still work well – which it did.

      There are two candidates for best line in the movie:
      And the motion is passed… unanimously…
      I’m going to represent the entire red army at the buffet.

      Singularity Answered on September 16, 2018.

      Yeah, the committee meeting where the insecure Malenkov, the presumptive successor to Stalin, coaxes the others into voting “unanimously” is hilarious, one of my favorite scenes in the movie.

      And the death scene of Stalin  is not too far off from the what really happened.  Historically, Beria was the 1st leader on the scene.  And he let Stalin lie on floor soaking his own urine for almost an hour.  He was too terrified to touch him.  And until his death was confirmed, everyone was too terrified to make a command decision, fearing that if Stalin were to recover, he would have them shot for usurping his authority.

      on September 18, 2018.
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