“The Death of Stalin” opened yesterday, September 8th, the Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform Section, so we got a lot of photos, promotional material, reviews …
The Death Of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list lineup. There are no weak links. Each has a plum role; each squeezes every gorgeous horrible drop.
Michael Palin is outstanding as Molotov, the pathetic functionary with the kindly, unhappy face who has long since sacrificed his marriage and self-respect on the altar of Stalinism; Steve Buscemi is a nervy Khrushchev, who morphs from uneasy court jester into a Soprano-esque player; Andrea Riseborough is compelling as Stalin’s wan daughter Svetlana, driven to a borderline-Ophelia state of trauma and dread. Jeffrey Tambor is hilarious as the vain and preposterous Malenkov, and so is Rupert Friend as Stalin’s deadbeat boozer son, Vasily. Jason Isaacs gets sledgehammer laughs as the truculent war hero Zhukov, to whom he gives a muscular northern accent: a down-to-earth man of action who is to carry out the film’s final, brutal coup.
The Guardian review for “The Death of Stalin”
“The Death of Stalin” marks the first instance in which Iannucci has applied his style to real-life figures, and it’s as though he has crafted a historical foundation for the rest of his work. There are obvious parallels to modern times in “The Death of Stalin,” and the way the movie transforms a dark chapter of Soviet history into a bubbly workplace comedy suggests that history’s greatest villains always take themselves too seriously — so why should we? Viewed in the broader context of Iannucci’s work, “The Death of Stalin” amounts to a complete dose of the absurdity that defines his vision. Selfish leaders come and go, but no matter who winds up on top, it’s only a matter of time before somebody topples the tower all over again.
Indiwire review for “The Death of Stalin”
Looks good, isn’t it??
Rupert Friend steals t/whole of The Death of Stalin in 1 scene of physical comedy. It deserves to be worshipped & studied forever.
But this was my favourite 🙂
Rupert Friend is its biggest revelation, nailing the role of Stalin’s misbehaved son Vasily.
Deadline review for “The Death of Stalin”