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  • The Death of Stalin

    Just saw it the other night.



    It is NOT a documentary. Many of the characters mentioned did not hold the positions noted at the time of Stalin's death. What this film does do well is at least take a snapshot of the state of schizophrenic unreality that was the normal during Stalin's reign. That was probably best exemplified by the sniveling self-contradictory ideologue Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, played with extraordinary spineless by Michael Palin. All in all, The Death of Stalin was both entertaining, and frightening.
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    I somehow brought myself to watch the film and I was entertained. I can see how some Russians would be against the film but many Russians and Americans take no issue poking fun at themselves. And I have to say wrt The Death of Stalin I think it was one of Steve Buscemi's best ever performances in playing Khrushchev.
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      Originally posted by slick_miester View Post
      Just saw it the other night.



      It is NOT a documentary. Many of the characters mentioned did not hold the positions noted at the time of Stalin's death. What this film does do well is at least take a snapshot of the state of schizophrenic unreality that was the normal during Stalin's reign. That was probably best exemplified by the sniveling self-contradictory ideologue Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, played with extraordinary spineless by Michael Palin. All in all, The Death of Stalin was both entertaining, and frightening.
      It's meant to be a black comedy

      BTW Molotov was always scared of Stalin. When he visited Berlin in Dec 1940 for talks he wouldn't use the telephone and spoke only in very guarded terms to his own aides in case the phone or the room was bugged - not by the Gestapo etc but by Soviet agents who would report his conversations back to Stalin.
      Last edited by MarkV; 20 Feb 19, 04:55.
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