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Stalin's Wife

Stalin's Wife (2005)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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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

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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.

July 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

July 14, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Results are solid, if stylistically unspectacular.

July 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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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 Source: New York Observer
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There's plenty of passion beneath this movie's unadorned surface.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Unless you're already into this stuff, it'll be hard to stay awake.

April 29, 2005
New York Post
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As illuminating, trenchant and penetrating as any fiction film.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Documentary filmmaking on the cheap, comprised primarily of familiar newsreel footage and shot-on-video talking-head interviews.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Well-researched documentary on the mysterious Mrs. Stalin.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

There's interesting material about Soviet history, but searching for answers about the revolutionary's spouse turns out to be less than engrossing.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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