The Death of Stalin
Based on the 2010 and 2012 French graphic novel La Mort de Staline, The Death of Stalin is a black comedy film that depicts the power struggle following the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1953. A bold reimagining of history, the frightening yet funny political satire features strong comic performances by the ensemble cast that includes Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Whitehouse, and Jeffrey Tambor.
Though the brutal legacy of Stalin’s regime is hardly the stuff of comedy, the movie’s script ― which was co-written by Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, and Ian Martin ― successfully strikes a balance between jet-black comedy and horrific political drama. Directed by Iannucci, the BAFTA-nominated film also boasts a jam-packed narrative that keeps viewers entertained from start to finish.