A Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale) burned bust, script and signal light from Armando Iannucci’s 2017 historical comedy-drama The Death of Stalin.
Josef Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) dies in 1953, causing a power vacuum as various members of the Council of Ministers vie for control.
Lavrentiy Beria was the head of the Soviet secret police, and at the climax of the film is convicted and then executed in a kangaroo court, with his body being burned afterwards. This bust is made of silicone and fibreglass, and features the likeness of Beale as Beria. It has a bloody bullet wound in the forehead and an exit wound at the back of the head. It is covered in scorch marks from where it was burned.
The script is a ‘Tech Recce Draft’ and is dated ’27 May 2016’. It is 131 pages long, including the title page, and features a metal fastening. It features no notes or annotations.
The conspirators used red lights in the film to signal action and the arrest of Beria. It features a red bulb and a green wooden base. The long wire has been cut at the end. ‘The Death of Stalin’ has been handwritten in pen on the underside of the base.
There is some wear from production use, beyond the intentional distress on the bust. There are scuffs and scratches on both the bust and the light. The script has some creasing and rusting around the fastener. Overall the items remain in an excellent, production-used condition.
Materials: Silicone, Fibreglass, Paper, Ferrous Metals, Wood, Resin, Glass.
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.