This week in art-house cinema: biting satire, home movies and Oklahoma’s Kelli O’Hara
A new comedy from the creator of “Veep” and an inaugural “home movie fest” for Tulsans’ films are highlights of specialty cinema this week.
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“The Death of Stalin”: Director Armando Iannucci (creator of HBO’s brilliant “Veep” and the equally biting film satire “In the Loop”) gathers an impressive cast for this political comedy showing what happens when Joseph Stalin drops dead in 1953 and his cronies in-fight to become Russia’s next leader.
Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale and Jeffrey Tambor shine in dazzling political farce
A crackling, whip-smart satire that cuts to the bone of governmental power struggles, "The Death of Stalin" has a timely urgency that mirrors today's political chaos.
As Mel Brooks’ 2000-Year-Old Man famously said, “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”
Which is one of the reasons that “The Death of Stalin” plays like a rip-roaring farce. The film concerns the events immediately before and after the death of Josef Stalin, Hitler’s contemporary and kindred spirit, in March 1953. It’s an absurdist depiction of a brutal dictatorship that works wonderfully, in part because it happens at a safe distance.
Historically accurate, soberly frightening and frequently hilarious, Armando Iannucci’s tragicomic feature “The Death of Stalin” has been hailed as the best political satire since “Dr. Strangelove.”
The film, featuring Steve Buscemi and Monty Python alum Michael Palin, is a seriously funny look at the chaotic power struggle among Russia’s ruling elite after the passing of iron-fisted Josef Stalin. His unexpected stroke plunged the nation into paranoia, uncertainty and near civil war.
Steve Buscemi found Death of Stalin less daunting without Russian accent
Steve Buscemi found 'Death of Stalin' "less daunting" when he knew he didn't have to put on a Russian accent.
The 60-year-old actor portrays Soviet statesmen Nikita Khrushchev in the satirical comedy by Armando Iannucci, and although the movie focuses on the final days of Joseph Stalin's dictatorship and the chaos that ensued after his death, none of the cast were required to act in a Russian accent.
TORONTO (AP) — How different was Stalin-era 1950s Russia to the Washington D.C. of "Veep"? For "Veep"-creator Armando Iannucci, there were more similarities than you might think.
Just as history enshrines its heroes, it aggrandizes its villains.
The most fearsome perpetrators of evil can become calcified in the horror of their atrocities. It becomes easy to imagine them as stern, foreboding figures who could have only earned their impunity through obsessive, bloodthirsty rigor.
Iannucci on Tambor: ‘It’s a sad story’
Moscow cinema ends showings of banned Stalin film
MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow movie theater that had been showing a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin in defiance of an official Russian government ban canceled further screenings Friday.
The Pioner theater's announcement came several hours after Moscow police visited the theater. Police didn't declare the purpose of their visit, but it followed the Russian Culture Ministry's warning that the theater could face sanctions including fines.
The Latest: Moscow theater cancels screenings of Stalin film
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russia's response to the satirical film "The Death of Stalin" (all times local):
A Moscow movie theater that had been showing a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin in defiance of an official Russian government ban has canceled further screenings.
Moscow movie theater shows Stalin film, defies official ban
MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow movie theater has shown a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin despite an official ban.
The Culture Ministry has rescinded the permit for screening Scottish writer-director Armando Iannucci's "The Death of Stalin" just two days before its scheduled premiere. The decision followed criticism from communists and others that the British-French production made a mockery of Russian history.
Pioner theater showed the film Thursday as planned, defying the ministry's move.
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Russia revokes permit for satire about Stalin’s death
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Culture Ministry banned a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin's death from movie theaters Tuesday following criticism from communists and others that the British-French production made a mockery of Russian history.
'The Death of Stalin' has won three British Independent Film Awards.
The Armando Iannucci-directed comedy-drama movie picked up a hat-trick of accolades in some of the nine newly-created craft categories ahead of the main ceremony in London on December 10, including the Best Casting accolade for the movie's Sarah Crowe.