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Framed by a pixilated montage of the history of Russia since Lenin (scored by Frank Zappa) and filmed in the louche world of St. Petersburg and Moscow (including Bunker 47, a Khrushchev Era nuclear bunker 18 stories below street level repurposed as a private club) Mark Hendrickson creates a tightly nested narrative for the ex-pat confidence man, CLARK LARSON (played by Hendrickson), who spent the last 17 years wheeling and dealing in Russia's twilight of commerce and graft. Now, at the top of his game and before his soul has completely vanished, he decides to "give back" something in return for all he has taken: a film as cautionary tale to illustrate and instruct the audience in "the power of bullshit, lies and intimidation". To teach this lesson and post this warning, Hendrickson sets out (with no money) to invent a heavy-metal artificial rock band, launch its first national tour across Russia, and make a film to tell the tale. (c) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Colossus
Shows more than a few flashes of wit, intelligence and craft amid all the excess.
Orson Welles's "F for Fake" was obvious the inspiration for this film. It would have been better if the script was up Welles's more modest productions. But very few films are today unfortunately.
...mockumentary about a conflicted con artist crafting a film-within-a-film about creating a fake rock band in Russia coats itself in self-regard but ends up nothing more than a tiresome folly.
"Colossus" will leave you reeling in the best of ways, dizzy from a rock 'n' roll Tilt-A-Whirl that swirls with duplicity and hilarity.
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