Running time: 1h 47min
Directed by Armando Iannucci
Written by Fabien Nury (based on the comic books by), Thierry Robin (based on the comic books by), Armando Iannucci
Starring Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor
The Death of Stalin is a very well crafted black comedy/satire about the final days and aftermath of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin’s reign in 1953. The film is based on a comic book, which might be surprising to those who are used to thinking about comic book adaptations in terms of superheroes punching supervillains. The Death of Stalin is a hilarious, yet moving movie about extreme authoritarianism, cult of personality, the lust for power, and the tragic results of it all. This is a film that is exceedingly entertaining, while also providing a (albeit not entirely accurate) history lesson about an important period in history.