Movie At Walton & Weybridge Film Society – The Death of Stalin
Wednesday October 3rd: 8pm
The Death Of Stalin
Director: Armando Iannucci, France/Canada/Belgium/UK, 2017, 106 mins, English language, Colour. Leading players: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin
Following the Soviet dictator’s untimely death, chaos and black humour dominate within a rudderless regime
The Death of Stalin is a viciously funny portrait of the jockeying that follows the demise of the Soviet dictator and bears all the hallmarks of its director Armando Iannucci’s satirical genius.
His latest comic masterpiece is set in 1953 in the post-war Soviet Union where ambition, stupidity and ruthlessness combine in the pursuit of power. The root of the comedy is the cult of personality that Stalin has erected around himself, based on the idea that the tiniest affront to his authority can result in instant death.
This is demonstrated in the opening scene of the film transferred from the start of the novel by Fabien Nury and Theirry Robin, on which the film is based.
When Stalin dies, the fun begins. In their scheming and rustling for power, a superb ensemble cast has been assembled including Simon Russell Beale and Michael Palin. The whipsmart dialogue and timing are pure Iannucci. The film is very funny but close to the bone where once again’ the lunatics have taken over the asylum’.
Director Armando Iannucci insisted on not having the characters speak with Russian accents, for two reasons: he thought it would take audiences out of the film, and he did not want the actors to worry about their accent when improvising.
About Our Film Society
Walton and Weybridge Film Society meet at roughly three-weekly intervals on Wednesday evenings, commencing at 8pm at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Hurst Grove (off Hepworth Way), Walton-on-Thames to watch well regarded (mostly recent) films that have probably not been shown in our local cinemas. The programme for this season is listed in the application form (see below).
The venue is owned by Elmbridge Council and used mainly by amateur dramatic societies but it is also very suitable for film shows, with tiered seating and the usual amenities.
Refreshments are provided without charge in a side room after each show and film club members are invited to discuss their reactions to the movie with the Committee and other members.
If you live in Walton or Weybridge or close to this area (for example Hersham, Shepperton, Cobham, Esher), why not join us?
If you would like to join our Film Society, please print off This Application Form and mention the All About Weybridge website.
Early Membership Discount
Join and pay your club subscription by 25th August 2018 for an ‘early bird’ discount of £2 (single member) and £4 (double membership).
October Movie – The Death of Stalin
At The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse
Walton On Thames
Event Times & Venue
Date: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Start Time: 8pm.
Address: The Performance Hall,
The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse,
Surrey KT12 1AT
Note: Hurst Grove is off Hepworth Way (A3050)
Parking: On-site parking is extremely limited and patrons are directed, unless mobility is very restricted (places available only on a first-come, first-served basis), to use the ample free facilities behind Little Waitrose, which is a short way further along Hepworth Way.
Contact Walton and Weybridge Film Society
For membership & guest ticket enquiries, telephone: 01932 226 386
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