Andrew: Yes, Burnt by the Sun also terrific, but no Stalin. I think
there is one of those fundamental human divides here. Some people like to
see the monster in a horror movie, some just like to have it suggested.
I want to see the monster. And BTW, best Stalin play: David Pownall’s
MASTER CLASS. It was written for
radio, but I saw it done on stage in London, with Peter Bull doing Stalin to
perfection. The theater was full of Russian expats. Every time Stalin
hoicked up his withered arm, they all breathed “Aaaaaah!” in unison.