Stalin's Wife (2005)


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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.


Tom Smallwood
as Narrator
Susan Doukas
as Narrator
Mick Cribben
as Narrator

Critic Reviews for Stalin's Wife

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Jul 14, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 14, 2005 | Full Review…

Results are solid, if stylistically unspectacular.

Jul 14, 2005 | Full Review…
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If you have the slightest curiosity about the people and the period, Stalin's Wife is mandatory viewing.

May 5, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's plenty of passion beneath this movie's unadorned surface.

Apr 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

Unless you're already into this stuff, it'll be hard to stay awake.

Apr 29, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

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