Working closely with the brilliant Armando Iannucci, we went for a simple opening sequence and developed the idea of retouching photographs for a more complex end. The faking and drastic adjustment of photographic records was something that was done extensively throughout Stalin’s Soviet Union as huge numbers of people were not only killed, but also removed from history. This was done carefully by experts in official literature, but also ordinary people were encouraged to deface any photography they had at home of anyone that had fallen out of favour with the tyrant. Our techniques were faithful to these different methods and variations in haste.
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