Death of Stalin

I really, really wanted to like this – Armando Ianucci at the helm, and Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin & other legends in the cast – but I couldn’t get behind the humour, and wasn’t well-heeled enough in the historical context to get it from that side either.  Perhaps another case of a poorly chosen film for a long haul flight. Possibly also I might have been affected by just having read a fairly scathing newspaper column on the insensitivity of the film – not in that I agreed particularly, but because I was probably analysing it too much to see what the columnist was on about rather than just going with it. 👎

Summary

The Death of Stalin (Friday 20th October, 2017)

Release Date: Friday 20th October, 2017
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend
Genres: Comedy, History
Runtime: 107 min
Original Title: The Death of Stalin
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Title Media, Main Journey, Free Range Films, Quad Productions, Gaumont, France 3 Cinéma, La Compagnie Cinématographique Européenne, Panache Productions, Canal+, Ciné+, France Télévisions
When tyrannical dictator Josef Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweebish Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenti Beria, the sadistic secret police chief.

Cast The Death of Stalin

  • Steve Buscemi
  • Role: Nikita Khrushchev
  • Simon Russell Beale
  • Role: Lavrenti Beria
  • Paddy Considine
  • Role: Andreyev
  • Rupert Friend
  • Role: Vasily Stalin
  • Jason Isaacs
  • Role: Field Marshal Zhukov
  • Olga Kurylenko
  • Role: Maria Veniaminovna Yudina
  • Michael Palin
  • Role: Vyacheslav Molotov
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Role: Svetlana Stalin
  • Paul Chahidi
  • Role: Nicolai Bulganin
  • Dermot Crowley
  • Role: Lazar Kaganovich
  • Paul Whitehouse
  • Role: Anastas Mikoyan
  • Adrian McLoughlin
  • Role: Josef Stalin
  • Jeffrey Tambor
  • Role: Georgy Malenkov
  • Tom Brooke
  • Role: Sergei
  • Justin Edwards
  • Role: Spartak Sokolov, Conductor #1
  • Paul Ready
  • Role: NKVD Officer Delov
  • Yulya Muhrygina
  • Role: Woman in Layers of Clothes
  • Andrey Korzhenevskiy
  • Role: Man in Layers of Clothes
  • Roger Ashton-Griffiths
  • Role: Musician #1
  • Jeremy Limb
  • Role: Musician #2
  • Andy Gathergood
  • Role: Citizen Bundled Into Car
  • Alexander Piskunov
  • Role: Young Man Snitch
  • Ruslav Neupokoev
  • Role: Middle Aged Man
  • Alla Bineeva
  • Role: Middle Aged Wife
  • Nicholas Woodeson
  • Role: Boris Bresnavich, Conductor #2
  • Elaine Caxton
  • Role: Mrs. Bresnavich
  • George Potts
  • Role: Concert Director
  • Sylvestra Le Touzel
  • Role: Nina Khrushchev
  • Nicholas Sidi
  • Role: NKVD Officer Kobulov
  • Jonny Phillips
  • Role: NKVD Officer Pervak
  • Alex Harvey-Brown
  • Role: Soldier
  • Tim Steed
  • Role: Sergeant
  • June Watson
  • Role: Matryona Petrovna
  • Adam Shaw
  • Role: NKVD Guard Ilyin
  • Daniel Tuite
  • Role: NKVD Officer Slimonov
  • David Crow
  • Role: Khrustalyov
  • Karl Johnson
  • Role: Dr. Lukomsky
  • Cara Horgan
  • Role: Lidiya Timashuk
  • Emilio Iannucci
  • Role: Young Doctor
  • Daniel Booroff
  • Role: Tall Doctor
  • Dan Mersh
  • Role: Ice Hockey Coach
  • Richard Brake
  • Role: Tarasov
  • James Barriscale
  • Role: Army General
  • Daniel Tatarsky
  • Role: NKVD Officer at Dacha Gates
  • Ricky Gabriellini
  • Role: Red Army Captain
  • Eva Sayer
  • Role: Young Waitress
  • Diana Quick
  • Role: Polina Molotova
  • Adam Ewan
  • Role: Prisoner at Gulag
  • Michael Ballard
  • Role: Volga Guard Chasov
  • Phil Deguara
  • Role: Volga Guard Shulga
  • Jonathan Aris
  • Role: Mezhnikov
  • Katie McCreedy
  • Role: Little Girl #2
  • Ewan Bailey
  • Role: NKVD Officer Aslanov
  • Leeroy Murray
  • Role: Zhukov's Chief of Staff
  • Keely Smith
  • Role: Teenage Ostrich Girl
  • Sheng-Chien Tsai
  • Role: Translator
  • Dave Wong
  • Role: Zhou Enlai
  • Sergey Korshkov
  • Role: NKVD Officer Fedin
  • Alexander Grigorivev
  • Role: Father
  • Olga Dadukevich
  • Role: Mother
  • Nastya Koshevatskaya
  • Role: Daughter
  • Danya Bochkov
  • Role: Son
  • Sebastian Aton
  • Role: NKVD Colonel Entin
  • Nastya Karpenko
  • Role: Little Girl #1
  • Gerald Lepkowski
  • Role: Leonid Brezhnev
  • Luke D'Silva
  • Role: Moskalenko
  • Daniel Chapple
  • Role: Red Army General
  • Daniel Smith
  • Role: Red Army Captain
  • Ellen Evans
  • Role: Teenage Girl
  • Oleg Drach
  • Role: Red Army Colonel
  • Daniel Fearn
  • Role: Marshal Konev