R | | Comedy, Drama, History
Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.
Another film about the Soviet Union, Testimony (1987), briefly enacts the same historical event that begins this film (the ailing Stalin's aides desperately trying to get a recording of some orchestral music he has heard, although the original conductor has fainted).
Right, what's a war hero got to do to get some lubrication around here?
At the beginning of the movie Citroën and Mercedes are seen. Soviet leadership did not use cars of those types. At 1:13:14 on Kremlin spire on the right side of screen nowadays eagle of Russian Federation is seen, instead of red star as on spire on the left side of screen.
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.
$184,805 11 March 2018
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