Stalin's Funeral

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Stalin's Funeral
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Directed byYevgeni Yevtushenko
Written byYevgeni Yevtushenko
StarringVanessa Redgrave
Aleksey Batalov
Georgi Yumatov
Yevgeni Yevtushenko
Narrated byVsevolod Larionov
Music byCharlie Chaplin
G. Maya
Igor Nazaruk
CinematographyAnatoli Ivanov
Edited byEleonora Praksina
Release date
Running time
109 minutes
CountrySoviet Union

Stalin's Funeral (Russian: Похороны Сталина, translit. Pokhorony Stalina)[1] is a 1990 Soviet drama film written and directed by the famous poet, Yevgeni Yevtushenko. The film stars the British actress, Vanessa Redgrave.


1953, USSR. Moscow bids farewell to Joseph Stalin. In the funeral crowd, Zhenya gets acquainted with Eli. Over the long hours spent in the funeral procession, they had time to learn a lot about each other, but Elya absurdly dies. So Zhenya begins another, adult, life.



Yevtushenko's was more critical of Joseph Stalin's crimes by the time of production and he also sought to emphasise his generation's rejection of Stalinism; "If one is to speak about Stalinism, then we are still digging down to the roots of the poisonous tree of totalitarianism, of which Stalin was the gardener. But this film is not about the roots and not about the gardener but rather about the green shoots sprouting in the evil shade of that tree and yet straining toward the light - about our generation."[2]


  1. ^ M. Lyman, Stanford (2001). Roads to dystopia: sociological essays on the postmodern condition. University of Arkansas Press.
  2. ^ L. Ryan, Karen (2009). Stalin in Russian satire, 1917-1991. University of Wisconsin Press.

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