It’s an absurd display of political power and terrified citizens doing anything to appease their corrupt leaders.
The most fascinating element of ‘The Death of Stalin’ is the tone.
The period setting just adds enough distance for the laughs to stick.
A huge part of the film’s success on the laugh-o-meter comes down to writing and performance.
The sets and costumes might be gorgeously crafted to period, but no one bothers putting on a Russian accent for the sake of authenticity.