Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.
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insisted on not having the characters speak with Russian accents, for two reasons: he thought it would take audiences out of the film, and he didn't want the actors to worry about their accent when improvising. In an interview on BBC Radio 5 for the film's UK release Iannucci stated that Russian journalists who had seen it praised the decision. See more
Svetlana asks Beria to release Aleksei Kapler, her first love who is imprisoned in the gulag. Beria tells her that Kapler is dead. However, Kapler was released in 1953, soon after Stalin's death, and lived to 1979. There doesn't seem to be any reason for Beria to lie, since he is supposed to be ingratiating himself to Svetlana. See more
I want to make a speech at my father's funeral.
And I want to fuck Grace Kelly.
Black-and-white photographs of the main characters appear over the end credits, but various figures are airbrushed out, have their faces defaced, or have other people superimposed over them, as per Soviet photos of Trotsky and purge victims. See more