SOMERS — The University of Wisconsin-Parkside 38th Foreign Film Series continues Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 23-26, with the 2017 United Kingdom film, “The Death of Stalin.”
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This film tells the story about the fallout of the Soviet tyrant’s demise, and the mad scramble among his various underlings as they clawed their way to replacing him. It is “Veep” in the Soviet Union, a grand satire driven by profound cynicism about self-obsessed leaders. As Stalin’s brain trust makes a frantic attempt to organize his funeral, familiar faces come and go. There are obvious parallels to modern times and the way the movie transforms a dark chapter of Soviet history into a bubbly workplace comedy suggests that history’s greatest villains always take themselves too seriously. Selfish leaders are transitory, but no matter who winds up on top, it is only a matter of time before somebody topples the tower all over again.
Screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday in the UW-Parkside Student Center Cinema, 900 Wood Road (use parking lot A). Tickets are by season subscription only. Tickets cost $28 or $26 for students and seniors and includes three guest passes. There is no charge for students with ID at 5 p.m. Sundays. Go to uwparksidetickets.com or call 262-595-2307.