Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.
Everybody wants a piece
Did You Know?
The film alludes to a plane crash in which most of the Soviet ice hockey team was killed. This happened at Sverdlovsk, though in 1950 - three years before Stalin's death. It is true that Vasili Stalin, the patron of the team, was fearful of his father's reaction, and tried to recruit a new team at extremely short notice. See more
Malenkov did not become General Secretary of the Communist Party when Stalin died. He did, however, become Premier of the Soviet Union. The Soviet leadership was clearly in flux, and Malenkov never had the status of obvious successor to Stalin that the movie implies. He did not chair the Politburo meeting after Stalin died; Khrushchev did. See more
I'm going to have to report this conversation, threatening to do harm or obstruct any member of the Presidium in the process of...
[He sees Khrushchev's expression and bursts out laughing
look at your fucking face!
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