Red Monarch

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Red Monarch
Directed by Jack Gold
Produced by David Puttnam
Written by Novel:The Red Monarch: Scenes From the Life of Stalin" (1979)
Yuri Krotkov
Charles Wood
Starring Colin Blakely
David Suchet
David Kelly
Carroll Baker
David Threlfall
Cinematography Mike Fash
Distributed by Film4 Productions
Release dates
16 June 1983 (UK)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Red Monarch is a 1983 British TV film starring Colin Blakely as Joseph Stalin. It is directed by Jack Gold and features David Suchet as Lavrentiy Beria and David Threlfall as Stalin's son Vasily.[1]

Red Monarch is a comedy based on The Red Monarch: Scenes From the Life of Stalin, a collection of short critical essays by the Russian dissident and former KGB agent Yuri Krotkov. The film depicts Soviet politics and the interplay between Stalin and his lieutenants, particularly Beria, during the last years of Stalin's rule. The reading of Yevgeny Yevtushenko's "The Heirs of Stalin"[2] in the final scene supposedly warns that the threat of totalitarianism is constantly present.



  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | RED MONARCH (1983)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ "The heirs of Stalin". Yevgeny Yevtushenko Poetry Archive. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 

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