How does the Soviet-era gallows humor of The Death Of Stalin measure up to Veep and In The Loop?

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with another edition of Film Club, this time discussing Veep and The Thick Of It creator Armando Iannucci’s The Death Of Stalin. The film, a satirical look at the Soviet dictator’s last days and the chaos of the regime after his death, fits…

The Death Of Stalin cast talks about inhabiting the characters closest to the Soviet dictator

Armando Iannucci’s new film, The Death Of Stalin, is a satirical look at the Soviet dictator’s last days and the chaos of the regime after his death. In the film, Jason Isaacs and Andrea Riseborough star as Stalin’s field marshal, Georgy Zhukov, and daughter, Svetlana Stalina, respectively. At the Sundance premiere of…

A dictator’s cronies jockey for power in Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s The Death Of Stalin

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When his longtime lieutenant Lavrentiy Beria first saw the unconscious Joseph Stalin lying flat on his back, soaked in cold piss, half-dressed in pajamas on the floor of his study one winter night in 1953, he declared (à la Michael Palin in Monty Python’s parrot sketch) that the leader of the U.S.S.R. was only…

Armando Iannucci on how he made a funny movie about Joseph Stalin

Armando Iannucci’s new film, The Death Of Stalin, is a satirical look at the Soviet dictator’s last days and the chaos of the regime after his death. Iannucci, who created comedies The Thick Of It and Veep, is no stranger to political commentary, but he’s never dealt with material this weighty. We asked him about his…

Russian Culture Ministry sues theater that screened The Death Of Stalin

In January, we reported that a Russian arthouse theater had defied the country’s Ministry Of Culture by screening Armando Iannucci’s Cold War satire The Death Of Stalin despite it having its distribution certification revoked for—essentially—making fun of Russia’s history. Police showed up to a screening at Moscow’s…

The Death Of Stalin cast shares some advice to help us get through the current political hellscape

Armando Iannucci’s new film, The Death Of Stalin, is a satirical look at the Soviet dictator’s last days and the chaos of the regime after his death. Iannucci, who created political comedies The Thick Of It and Veep, is no stranger to political commentary. At the Sundance premiere for the film, Iannucci, as well as…

Armando Iannucci on how to make smart comedy in today’s political climate

Nowadays, there’s an abundance of comedy addressing politics, with basically every late-night show—or even the Will & Grace revival—taking shots at the president with varying degrees of success. Armando Iannucci, who created political comedies The Thick Of It and Veep, knows how to do it smartly. At the premiere of…

Moscow theater defies ban, screens Armando Iannucci's The Death Of Stalin

Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s latest film, the Cold War-era satire The Death Of Stalin, has been getting rave reviews pretty much everywhere. Except for Russia itself, of course: the country’s Ministry Of Culture recently revoked the film’s distribution certification, citing its alleged efforts “to distort our…