“The Death of Stalin,” directed by Armando Iannucci

Movie, 2017

The story of the struggle for power following Stalin’s death in 1950s USSR, made comically grotesque and rendered cartoon like. The effect is of making power look throwaway and ridiculous; always destructive. Some liberties are very likely taken with the source material, but done so in order to keep the film fresh and zipping along. Sometimes things happen almost too quickly; the key moment when trains carrying mourners into Moscow is, for example, a little lopsided. Sitting somewhere between Lindsay Anderson, Tarantino and a Carry-On and very good into the bargain.

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