Y’all, I read the titular sentence today, and found it so beautiful and haunting that I have not been able to rest or stop thinking about it since. The Death of Stalin will be a satirical comedy film directed by Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, The Thick of It, Veep) and based on a graphic novel of the same name by Fabian Nury, due to be released this October.
Perhaps the most surprising element to me is the cast list, featuring Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, Michael Palin as Vyacheslav Molotov, Jeffrey Tambor as Georgy Malenkov, Simon Russell Beale as Lavrentii Beria, and Jason Isaacs as Georgy Zhukov as they vie for power after the passing of Joseph Stalin in March 1953.
(Content note for this trailer: strong language.)
I wasn’t familiar with this film until today, but now I am honestly strangely curious about it. While I do think this is a fascinating period of Soviet history, I imagine Ianucci’s political-satirical style will probably obfuscate the historical record to some extent. I honestly don’t know what to expect from it. I’m so curious.