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.
The film is based on a French graphic novel.
Maria Veniaminovna Yudina:
Josef Vissarionovich Stalin, you have betrayed our nation and destroyed its people. I pray for your end and ask the Lord to forgive you. Tyrant.
Malenkov signs Beria's death warrant with what appears to be a liquid roller ball pen, hardly available back in 1953.
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.
€100,677 (Italy) (7 January 2018)
$8,041,828 (USA) (26 July 2018)
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