The Death of Stalin | 2017

Directed by: Armando Iannucci

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Main Plot

Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.


  • Steve Buscemi played Nikita Khrushchev, a Soviet politician, in the film "The Death of Stalin."
  • Simon Russell Beale plays Lavrentiy Beria, the head of the NKVD and a key figure in the power struggle after Stalin's death.
  • Jeffrey Tambor's character in The Death of Stalin is Georgy Malenkov, a member of the Soviet Union's ruling committee.


In the conclusion of "The Death of Stalin," the power struggle among Soviet officials intensifies following Stalin's demise. Lavrentiy Beria manipulates the situation to gain control, while others plot against him. Eventually, Beria's dark past catches up with him, leading to his arrest and execution. As the chaos unfolds, the remaining officials continue their self-serving agendas, showcasing the absurdity and ruthlessness of the Soviet regime. The film ends with a darkly comedic tone, highlighting the perpetuation of power struggles and corruption even after Stalin's death.

Armando Iannucci