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  • Death of Stalin

    Due out in October and looks quite funny.

  • #2
    As good as Red Monarch?

    Nick

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    • #3
      How can one make a comedy about a Socialist whose ideas killed three million of his 'Socialised' compatriots?

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      • #4
        To disrespect him, demean him, make fun of him? I laugh till I choke watching Mel Brooks making fun of Hitler.

        But this looks like rubbish to me:



         

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        • #5
          Stalin was a monster and deserves all he gets

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          • #6
            Making a comedy film about this Communist mass-murderer is just as creepy as Monty Python making jokes about crucifixion.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jamal.nazreddin View Post
              Making a comedy film about this Communist mass-murderer is just as creepy as Monty Python making jokes about crucifixion.
              Let's hope it's just as funny

              Steve

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jamal.nazreddin View Post
                Making a comedy film about this Communist mass-murderer is just as creepy as Monty Python making jokes about crucifixion.

                which was simply one of the funniest thing ever seen on screen

                And fortunately we can make fun of Stalin and any dictator living or dead, one might even call that free speech and democracy.
                Last edited by Colin Smith; 15th September 2017, 07:09 PM.

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                • #9
                  Saw this today.Quite entertaining.Can be difficult to remember who is who.Not everybodys taste i should imagine.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jamal.nazreddin View Post
                    Making a comedy film about this Communist mass-murderer is just as creepy as Monty Python making jokes about crucifixion.

                    You seem to lack a well developed sense of humour.









                    Last edited by narabdela; 21st October 2017, 12:02 AM. Reason: edited content

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                    • #11
                      And fortunately we can make fun of Stalin and any dictator living or dead, one might even call that free speech and democracy.
                      And the one thing that dictators really hate is being laughed at - hence the problems about distribution of the film in Russia. Actually, the farcical elements about his death is a comic gift.

                      On 1 March 1953, Stalin's staff found him semi-conscious on the bedroom floor of his Volynskoe dacha,[621] having urinated down himself.[622] He had suffered a burst blood vessel in the brain;[623]He was moved onto a couch and remained there for three days.[624] He was hand-fed using a spoon, given various medicines and injections, and leeches were applied to him.[623]Svetlana and Vasily were called to the dacha on 2 March; the latter was drunk and angrily shouted at the doctors, resulting in him being sent home.[625] Stalin died on 5 March 1953.[626]According to Svetlana, it had been "a difficult and terrible death".[627]
                      And its possible that Beria had him killed...his own secret policeman. You really couldn't make this stuff up.

                      The film looks really good (Iannucci is an excellent writer), and I hope to see it. Its certain got good reveiews.

                      BTW, with the centenery of the Russian Revolution, Radio 4 has had a load of excellent documentaries, etc. They've dramatised Reed's 10 Days That Shook the World, had a very good programme today about the Intervention http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05j3cp9 (remarkably, you can still find Lewis Gun magazines left over from it in Archangel), and a really intersting programme about all the Ressian Revolutionaries in London before WW1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b098ht02 . I do love the idea that its was the British Library that helped attract Lenin to London. And they still have on Iplayer a programme for 2013 about Lenin visiting Letchworth! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r9r3x

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by narabdela View Post


                        You seem to lack a well developed sense of humour.

                        How can I develop my sense of humour?

                        Should I be sent to a Reeducation camp or one of Stalin's G.U.L.A.G.s?

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                        • #13
                          Supposed to be like Armando Ianucci's other hits, like The Thick Of It and In The Loop - which would be great!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jamal.nazreddin View Post

                            How can I develop my sense of humour?

                            Should I be sent to a Reeducation camp or one of Stalin's G.U.L.A.G.s?
                            Oh so we can't mock Stalin, but it's ok to ironise about that most cheerful institution, the gulag

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                            • #15
                              Here is a podcast from BBC history magazine that provides some historical context.

                              http://www.historyextra.com/podcast/...y/death-stalin

                              As for the humour - who knows - I'm just one generation beyond the British troops that were ordered to hand Cossack prisoners of war over to Stalin to face certain death. Stalin was a monster - but at least this film is reminding a modern audience of the monsters of the past in the hope that it might just be wary of the monsters of the future.

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