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If State Funeral risks repetitiveness in its patient approach, the glimpse of history it offers remains a fascinating -- and frightening -- look at life under a totalitarian regime. Read critic reviews

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Mourners flock to Moscow's Red Square to attend Josef Stalin's funeral.

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  • Both as film and as history, "State Funeral" stands as a canonical work.

    May 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • In the loony seriousness of it all, "State Funeral" isn't spectator sport - it makes us active observers of a scary machinery, something to file away.

    May 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • A found-footage documentary that captures life in thrilling, painstaking detail in the hours and days after Stalin's death.

    May 21, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The faces are the most intriguing thing. Loznitsa gives us a montage of inscrutability and repressed anxiety.

    May 19, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A film like State Funeral is a warning. History has lessons for us about what does, and does not, work, in politics, in leadership, in culture itself. We would do well to listen. We would do well to watch.

    May 7, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A haunting amalgam of official pomp and everyday experience, the double image of a totalitarian government and the people in whose name it ruled.

    May 6, 2021 | Full Review…

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