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Armando Iannucci: The Death of Stalin at Rio Cinema

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Time 11:30
Date 26/10/17
Price £8.5

From the creator of In The Loop, The Thick of It and Veep, Armando Iannucci brings his latest political satire to the big screen. Expect corruption, unfit leaders and a corrupt government.

The year is 1953. Dictator and mass murderer Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) continues to terrorise everyone, summarily killing off any suspected dissenters, and keeping even his cronies on edge. Then comes The Stroke of Fate and suddenly his cowering minions are plotting and jostling for power. Among the scheming bootlicks turned aspirants are milquetoast Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), wiseguy Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), bewildered Molotov (Michael Palin), thuggish Zhukov (Jason Isaacs), and depraved Beria (Simon Russell Beale), Stalin's drunken son Vasily (Rupert Friend) and jaded daughter Svetlana (Andrea Riseborough). Ineptitude was never so funny.

A superb cast squeezes out every drop of paranoia and malice from Iannucci and co-writers David Schneider and Ian Martin's adaptation of the original French graphic novel series. The Death of Stalin is outrageously funny and provocative, perceptive and sharp, but best of all, it's all true!