The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin
  • 2017
  • UK / France
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Armando Iannucci
  • Cast: Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend
  • UK release: 20 October 2017

When Joseph Stalin abruptly dies in 1953, his subordinates immediately start jockeying for the position of his replacement. The political backstabbing makes for maximum black comedy and exuberant farce, and the deft interplay of a gifted cast makes the whole film a consistent joy.

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Steve Buscemi found Death of Stalin less daunting without Russian accent

21 Mar 2018

Film gossip

Steve Buscemi found 'Death of Stalin' "less daunting" when he knew he didn't have to put on a Russian accent. The 60-year-old actor portrays Soviet statesmen Nikita Khrushchev in the satirical comedy by Armando Iannucci, and although the movie focuses…

Armando Iannucci sad Death of Stalin banned in Russia

23 Feb 2018

Film gossip

Armando Iannucci is unhappy 'Death of Stalin' was banned in Russia. The 54-year-old filmmaker helmed the satirical comedy movie which focuses on the former Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin living out his final days and the chaos in the communist…

Jason Isaacs worried he'd be sent abuse after Death of Stalin ban

17 Feb 2018

Film gossip

Jason Isaacs feared he would be sent some "radioactive tea" in the post after 'Death of Stalin' was banned in Russia. The 54-year-old actor stars as the Soviet Union officer Georgy Zhukov - who was the Chief of General Staff and a member of the…

The Death of Stalin wins 3 BIFA prizes

24 Nov 2017

Film gossip

'The Death of Stalin' has won three British Independent Film Awards. The Armando Iannucci-directed comedy-drama movie picked up a hat-trick of accolades in some of the nine newly-created craft categories ahead of the main ceremony in London on December…

Armando Iannucci wanted to make Death of Stalin as real as possible

20 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Armando Iannucci was adamant he wanted to make 'The Death of Stalin' feel as "real as possible" even though it is a funny film. The 53-year-old filmmaker is known for his satirical comedies, including 'The Thick of It', and Iannucci said he wanted his…

Jason Isaacs suggested Yorkshire accent for The Death of Stalin

18 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Jason Isaacs asked if he could give his 'The Death of Stalin' character Georgy Zhukov a Yorkshire accent as soon as he read the script for the film. The 54-year-old actor - known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the 'Harry Potter' franchise - can currently…

The Death of Stalin

16 Oct 20175 stars

Armando Iannucci's superlative satire brings together a terrific ensemble

With political backstabbing continuing apace on both sides of the pond and Russia overreaching, that great British satirist Armando Iannucci helps us to laugh rather than cry as he sends up an even sorrier state of affairs with typical precision. He…

Glasgow Film Theatre to host special Q&A with Armando Iannucci

25 Sep 2017

Event on Wed 11 Oct also includes a special screening of his new film The Death of Stalin, with tickets on sale now

Glasgow Film Theatre is to host a special Q&A event with one of the city's favourite sons Armando Iannucci. Tickets for the event are on sale now. Following a preview of The Death of Stalin, his greatly anticipated return to the big screen, the director…

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