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Arts & Culture

For The Nose, It's Always "Freaky Friday"

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Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Adrian McLoughlin, Dermot Crowley, and Simon Russell Beale in "The Death of Stalin."

Armando Iannucci is the creator of Veep and The Thick of It and the writer and director of In the Loop. Those, you'll note, are all contemporary political satires. Iannucci's new movie, The Death of Stalin, is set in 1953 Moscow and tells a true-to-some-degree version of the story of, logically, Joseph Stalin's death. Historical period piece or no, The Death of Stalin is still utterly recognizable Iannucci: it's funny, it's filthy -- it's mostly about the incompetence of the powerful. And, at the same time, stories about Russian authoritarianism have a certain contemporary vibe too, ya know?

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  • Lucy Gellman - Editor of The Arts Paper and host of WNHH radio's Kitchen Sync
  • Mercy Quaye - Founder and executive director of The Narrative Project
  • Brian Slattery - Arts editor for the New Haven Independent and a producer at WNHH radio

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Colin McEnroe, Joe Coss, Betsy Kaplan, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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