The Death of Stalin. 2018. France/UK/Belgium/Canada. Directed by Armando Iannucci. 107 min.
Armando Iannucci is perhaps the great political satirist of the 21st century. From In the Loop to Veep, he has brought scathing insight and wicked humor to lay bare the comical ineptitude of contemporary governance. With The Death of Stalin he holds the mirror of history to the farce we are currently enduring. As critic and historical novelist Thelma Adams writes, "With echoes of the Marx Brothers and the dialog of Billy Wilder, Iannucci delivers a story of a government-sanctioned genocide and palace intrigue that’s both gleefully giddy and fundamentally terrifying." The film features a typically stellar ensemble cast that includes Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, and Andrea Riseborough. Courtesy of IFC Films