(as themselves) Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, Lavrenti Beria, Vyacheslav Molotov, Georgi Malenkov, Dolores Ibárruri, Enlai Zhou, Yumyaagiin Tsedenbal, Valko Chervenkov
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Sergei Loznitsa (A Gentle Creature), director, writer, producer; Maria Baker-Choustova (Maidan), producer; Danielius Kokanauskis (Donbass), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
On March 5th, 1953, Joseph Stalin’s death sends shockwaves across the Soviet Union. His state funeral, a culmination of the personality cult that the dictator established throughout his brutal regime, is presented via unseen archive footage that details the extravagant measures that the Soviet government took to preserve Stalin’s legacy…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
The immediate events in the wake of Joseph Stalin’s passing – previously dramatized to heavily satirical effect in Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin – are explored in this archival documentary, which also investigates the terrifying cult of personality that the dictator enforced across the Soviet Union.