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Stalin's Wife (2005)

Stalin's Wife



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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International
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Written By: Slava Tsukerman
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Tom Smallwood
as Narrator
Susan Doukas
as Narrator
Mick Cribben
as Narrator
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (11)

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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2005
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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Results are solid, if stylistically unspectacular.

Full Review… | July 14, 2005
Top Critic

If you have the slightest curiosity about the people and the period, Stalin's Wife is mandatory viewing.

Full Review… | May 5, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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

April 29, 2005
New York Post
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