Keswick Film Festival

Saturday 12th February 1:15 PM - Alhambra

Red Monarch

Director: Jack Gold Country: UK
Cert: TBC Year: 1983 Length: 101 mins
2011 Festival
Red Monarch

Audience Reaction

Score: 65% Attendance: 72


  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database

Long before David Suchet was the loveable Poirot he featured here as the somewhat less sympathetic Beria, sidekick to Colin Blakely's Stalin. This is a dark comedy, for long thought lost, directed by one of the great TV-film directors. Based on a Russian short story, it features many British character actors illuminating the bleakly murderous buffoonery of Stalin's later years, with a script by Charles Wood. The black jokes are more hit than miss, and watch out for Brian Glover as Khruschev and an uncredited Michael Palin as a projectionist.

Q&A with director Jack Gold


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