Stalin's Wife
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In 1919, two years after the Russian Revolution made him one of the most powerful men in the world, Joseph Stalin wed 18-year-old Nadezhda Alliluyev, the daughter of a close friend. Fourteen years later, Nadezhda was dead, with a bullet in her head and a gun in her hand. Did ruthless Stalin arrange for the death of his wife, or did she commit suicide, a possible consequence of learning the full and deadly extend of her husband's tyranny? And what was the nature of their relationship, and Nadezhda's role in Stalin's political life? Stalin's Wife is a documentary which presents… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An intimate, chatty film, both cheeky and thorough, the kind of high-class historical gossip you might get if an eminent Soviet historian like Robert Conquest or Richard Pipes went to work for the National Enquirer."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"If you have the slightest curiosity about the people and the period, Stalin's Wife is mandatory viewing."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"As illuminating, trenchant and penetrating as any fiction film."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"There's interesting material about Soviet history, but searching for answers about the revolutionary's spouse turns out to be less than engrossing."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"By the end of its excruciating two hours, Stalin's Wife has brought us no closer to its subject than does the eerie stone bust that adorns her grave in Moscow."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"There's plenty of passion beneath this movie's unadorned surface."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Documentary filmmaking on the cheap, comprised primarily of familiar newsreel footage and shot-on-video talking-head interviews."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Results are solid, if stylistically unspectacular."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Unless you're already into this stuff, it'll be hard to stay awake."
‑ Russell Scott Smith, New York Post
"Well-researched documentary on the mysterious Mrs. Stalin."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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