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Rated R
Directed by Armando Iannucci | In English
Starring Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, and Jeffrey Tambor
106 min | Comedy/History | 2018

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About the Film

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.

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On The New Yorker Radio Hour podcast: “Armando Iannucci mines the comedy of terror under dictatorship in his new film, about the murderous officials who have to deal with life after Stalin.” (Note that the language in the podcast is not safe for work.)

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