50 Greatest Comedies of the 21st Century

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'The Death of Stalin' (2017)
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13. 'The Death of Stalin' (2017)

It's a hilariously corrosive concept: Oddballs like Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor and Michael Palin act out the politburo power struggle that emerged in the wake of Joseph Stalin's demise in 1953, practically tripping over the corpse to ensure a seat at the head of table. Sure, it sounds like an episode of Drunk History, but writer-director Armando Iannucci manages to craft spit-worthy dialogue while making it very clear that lives are at risk. Some of the material is innately ridiculous – Stalin's deadbeat son (Rupert Friend) berating a hockey team, for instance – but it's where the comedy of errors gets brutal that the satire truly earns its bones. To quote Buscemi's Nikita Khrushchev: You laugh so you don't get shot. EZ

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