Politics and farce are often indistinguishable. Armando Iannucci, creator of TV series Veep and The Thick of It, is a specialist in skewering governmental dysfunction, and his take on the demise of Soviet despot Joseph Stalin in 1953 is certainly bold, and often brilliant.

Finding humour in such dark subject matter might sound unlikely, but with a French graphic novel as the source, Iannucci constructs a wonderfully deadpan insight into the panic and power struggle that ensues following Stalin’s sudden death. Never making light of this brutal regime, the film turns a tricky premise into a biting political and historical satire.

Release Date: 1 August 2018
Format: DVD
 Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs

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