Stalin's Wife (2005)
In 1919, two years after the Russian Revolution made him one of the most powerful men in the world, Joseph Stalin wed 18-year-old Nadezhda Alliluyev, the daughter of a close friend. Fourteen years later, Nadezhda was dead, with a bullet in her head and a gun in her hand. Did ruthless Stalin arrange for the death of his wife, or did she commit suicide, a possible consequence of learning the full and deadly extend of her husband's tyranny? And what was the nature of their relationship, and Nadezhda's role in Stalin's political life? Stalin's Wife is a documentary which presents most of the known facts about Nadezhda Alliluyev, as well as some of the more interesting suppositions about her and her life -- including the suggestion that Stalin may have had an affair with her mother, or that Stalin, smitten with Nadezhda, may have stolen away from the Russian Revolution to spend time with her. Stalin's Wife was directed by Slava Tsukerman, best known for the offbeat new wave sci-fi comedy Liquid Sky. … More
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Critic Reviews for Stalin's Wife
An intimate, chatty film, both cheeky and thorough, the kind of high-class historical gossip you might get if an eminent Soviet historian like Robert Conquest or Richard Pipes went to work for the National Enquirer.
By the end of its excruciating two hours, Stalin's Wife has brought us no closer to its subject than does the eerie stone bust that adorns her grave in Moscow.
If you have the slightest curiosity about the people and the period, Stalin's Wife is mandatory viewing.
Documentary filmmaking on the cheap, comprised primarily of familiar newsreel footage and shot-on-video talking-head interviews.
Unless you're already into this stuff, it'll be hard to stay awake.
This dense biographical collage of images and memories of the Soviet dictator's second wife has a paradoxical quality.
There's interesting material about Soviet history, but searching for answers about the revolutionary's spouse turns out to be less than engrossing.
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