The Death of Stalin. Armando Iannucci. 2017. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Would've preferred The Life of Stalin (or, alternately, a friend of mine suggested this would be better as a miniseries where Stalin is alive 8/10 episodes). The small chunk where he's exercising absolute authority hit the right absurdist notes. Once he dies, even if you aren't a Russophile, you know how the jostling for power is going to go. Beria's trial/execution, especially how his braggadocio regarding sexual exploitation of women played into it, was surprisingly intense. Loved Brezhnev lurking behind Khrushchev at the end.