Los Angeles Times

'The Death of Stalin' mines horrific history for satirical laughs

When Karl Marx, of all people, wrote that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, he couldn't have known of the terrifying end of days of the brutal Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, nor the gleeful savagery with which it's reproduced in the dazzling "The Death of Stalin."

Co-written and directed by Armando Iannucci, the creator of HBO's "Veep" who wrote the Oscar-nominated script for "In the Loop," this is a comedy of terrors that creates laughs but doesn't let

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times6 min read
Chris Darden Got Death Threats During Nipsey Hussle Case; They Come With The Territory
LOS ANGELES - The threatening phone calls to Chris Darden's law office began almost immediately. The messages on Instagram and Facebook trickled in soon after, some from anonymous accounts. One caller left a voicemail, Darden recalled, saying he hope
Los Angeles Times4 min readPolitics
Calls For Trump's Impeachment Grow In The House
WASHINGTON - Numerous House Democrats on Tuesday demanded immediate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump amid White House resistance to their investigations, a marked increase in support for launching an effort to remove the preside
Los Angeles Times4 min read
Doyle McManus: Joe Biden's pitch: Make America normal again
When Joe Biden entered the Democratic presidential race last month, pundits (including me) questioned whether a gaffe-prone 76-year-old symbol of last-century politics could survive in a next-generation campaign. So far, the old guy is proving us wro