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Sun Apr 22, 2018, 09:34 AM

I saw "The Death of Stalin" last night.

Being familiar with the history of this event, and kind of curious about it since I couldn't imagine how someone could rearrange the end of the horror of Stalinism into a comedy I went to see the movie The Death of Stalin last night by myself, as both my wife and my son at home are working like crazy on their intellectual pursuits.

I couldn't imagine I would laugh, but laugh I did. It was hysterically absurd.

Steve Buscemi, playing Khruschev - who in real life was actually a crude and uneducated, if highly intelligent man - steals the show. He plays Khruschev sort of the way he played the Carl Showalter in Fargo, although also adding a level of something quite different.

I have always hated the real life Beria, a rapist, torturer and murderer, and Simon Beale does a pretty good job portraying this awful man, although his physical resemblance is not quite that strong to the real Beria, who had a thin and almost intellectual look, although he was one of history's greatest beasts.

Michael Palin is wonderful as Molotov as well.

If you are interested at all in the tawdry history of Stalinism, as well as possessed of a somewhat offbeat sense of humor, don't miss it.



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Reply I saw "The Death of Stalin" last night. (Original post)
NNadir Apr 2018 OP
Glorfindel Apr 2018 #1
cyclonefence Apr 2018 #2
comradebillyboy Apr 2018 #3
Upthevibe Apr 2018 #4
Ron Obvious Apr 2018 #5
Stuart G Apr 2018 #6

Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 22, 2018, 09:40 AM

1. Thanks, NNadir. I'll definitely make a point to see it.

"If you are interested at all in the tawdry history of Stalinism, as well as possessed of a somewhat offbeat sense of humor." That pretty much describes me to a T!

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Sun Apr 22, 2018, 09:50 AM

2. Oh yes, PLEASE go see this movie

I went with a girlfriend on a Thursday, and we were literally the only people in the audience. I loved it so much I dragged my husband, who has an immense interest in Russian history, to see it on the next Sunday at 4--nearly all the seats were sold; the only seats were in the very front row, so apparently word is spreading.

This movie is the very definition of black comedy. It is wonderful.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 22, 2018, 09:57 AM

3. I read the graphic novel the movie was based on

I really want to see the movie

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 22, 2018, 11:46 AM

4. Thanks for the review! I've wanted to see it...

The cast look great

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 22, 2018, 01:44 PM

5. Thanks for the recommendation

That sounds exactly like the kind of film I'd enjoy, and there isn't much that tempts me to the cinema these days. Doesn't seem to be playing in a lot of places around here, unfortunately.

96% Positive on RT.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 22, 2018, 02:04 PM

6. Have not seen it, but I will...goes to show, they can make a "comedy" out of anything...

A couple of musicians are walking through Chicago in the 20s, view a murder..and. before you know it.....one of the funniest comedies ever..........."Some Like it Hot"..

they are going to hang this fellow for something, the governor gets an idea..and before you know it the fellow to be hanged, is....made the the sheriff........Blazing Saddles..

etc. etc. etc...please add more to this list...oh...and if you have not seen "Some Like it Hot"...put it on the list..it is wonderful...beyond words...

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