Films at the Lexi group of Brent U3A
A monthly film screening followed by discussion
The Lexi Cinema, 194b Chamberlayne Road London NW10 3JU.
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Buses 6, 52, 187, 302; Kensal Rise Overground station.
Wednesday 29 November 2017 at 1.30pm
THE DEATH OF STALIN
Hi all, The Lexi website says:....
"Russia, 1953. When Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) has a fatal heart attack, his court of venal subordinates scramble for control. Among them are Jeffrey Tambor’s Malenkov; Steve Buscemi’s Khrushchev; and Simon Russell Beale’s Beria, the worst of the lot. Michael Palin (Molotov) brings a dash of Python-esque silliness, while Jason Isaacs’ booming Yorkshire brogue as war hero Zhukov is particularly, gloriously incongruous.
It's not always clear these days what is political satire, and what is top of the hour news. Iannucci (creator of The Thick of It, of course) tackles a particularly dark period of Russian history here - replete with famine, tyranny and mass executions - and the result is hilarious. You might say it's a bit 'Springtime for Hitler' filtered through graphic novel format and penned by our reigning master satirist. Add to that the fact that, ultimately, there is a mood shift in which all the absurdity is stripped away and the film is revealed as the deeply moral work that it is, and you know this is something special."
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