‘The Death of Stalin’ Trailer: The Creator of ‘Veep’ Sets His Sights On The Soviet Union

I love both In The Loop and Veep. So, I imagine I’ll love this satirical movie tackling the Soviet Union by their creator, Armando Iannucci.


Armando Iannucci, the profane genius responsible for Veep and In the Loop, has already had his way with American and English politics. So naturally, he’s set his sights elsewhere with his latest project, The Death of Stalin. As the title implies, the film takes place in the Soviet Union and tracks what goes down with the nation’s inner circle of politicians and military leaders following the death of dictator Joseph Stalin in 1953. Things get funny. And things get dark. And things get sobering. And then they somehow get funny again. It’s one of those kinds of movies.

The new The Death of Stalin trailer has arrived and wouldn’t you know it? It features a quote from /Film’s own Chris Evangelista.
The Death of Stalin announces its satiric intent from its earliest moments. Despite an aesthetic attention to historic detail, the stacked cast of character actors (including Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Jeffrey Tambor, and Michael Palin) use their natural American and British accents. Despite the fact that the film generally follows the actual events that went down following Stalin’s demise, the characters bicker and whine like children and trade foul-mouthed barbs that feel hilariously modern. It’s all very silly…until it isn’t. Because Iannucci may be a comic genius, but he’s also a realist and refuses to turn away when things get truly grim.