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This is going to be good...Mel Brooks good...
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Oh it is very good. Probably a few other British geeks will chime in as it came out here before Christmas. It is deeply dark black comedy but very very funny. The only puzzle for me was the casting. Physically Steve Buscemi would make more sense as Beria and Simon Russel Beale as Krushchev. Both are very good and believable though.
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It is good!

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/sep/09/the-death-of-st...

It was praised by Russians for not having all the actors on cod Russian accents like a low grade Bond movie - indeed the wide variety of regional British, European and American accents was intended by the casting director to suggest the various nationalities within the USSR.

Stalin was a Georgian himself, and spoke Russian slowly with a Georgian accent all his life, after all.
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1. This is not exactly a topic I would think of doing a comedy about.

2. It looks utterly absurd and rude.

3. Can't wait!
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Jon_1066 wrote:
Oh it is very good. Probably a few other British geeks will chime in as it came out here before Christmas. It is deeply dark black comedy but very very funny. The only puzzle for me was the casting. Physically Steve Buscemi would make more sense as Beria and Simon Russel Beale as Krushchev. Both are very good and believable though.



The real event was a farcical grotesque thing.


Thanks for posting the Casting info - I agree - I thought Beale looked good for Kruschev but was acting like Beria- shame we could not get Bob Hoskins. He passed away in 2014.

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Especially as he had already done Krushchev in Enemy at the Gates.
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Apparently based on a Graphic Novel. Off to purchase it now!
https://www.amazon.com/Death-Stalin-Fabien-Nury/dp/178586340...
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Here's an interesting background and perspective on current Russian history policy, with the provocative conclusion:

Dagmara Moskwa wrote:
The immense power of suggestion wielded by the Russian authorities, as well as the appeal of the myth of the Great Patriotic War, has resulted in a lot of oversensitivity, especially in regards to statements that diminish the Soviet Union’s role in the victory over Nazism. This situation is one of the explanations for the changes that are taking place, which include the gradual revival of Stalin’s cult, punishment for those who are ‘lying about history’, and the introduction of new textbooks which present an officially accepted version of history. Such activities are undertaken with the long-term goal of forming a society that is loyal to the government, proud of its historical accomplishments and ready to defend it when needed. Before we judge, we should ask: is there any state in the world that does not want to have that?
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Best film of last year, I thought.


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Brilliant film. I suspect your average Russian would enjoy it very much.
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Great trailer!
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Just goes to show, as the man himself says,

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wifwendell wrote:
1. This is not exactly a topic I would think of doing a comedy about.


It's not really a comedy. More a political drama with jokes. The final stretch is a horrorshow. A brutal piece of drama.

wifwendell wrote:
2. It looks utterly absurd and rude.


It's an Armando Iannucci piece, so yes, the vulgarity is set to 11. But it's entirely appropriate.

wifwendell wrote:
3. Can't wait!


I heartily recommend it. A special shout out to Simon Russell Beale, who creates one of the great screen monsters as Beria. Even eclipses David Suchet's wonderfully slimy Beria in the excellent Red Monarch.

They have a lot of fun with accents, too. I enjoyed Jason Isaacs' turn at making Zhukov a Sheffield hard man. (Having worked with Isaacs, I can aver he does a mean Sean Bean impression.)
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