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Hard to be a God (2015)

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When legendary Russian auteur Aleksei German died in 2013, he left behind this extraordinary final film, a phantasmagoric adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel by the Strugatsky brothers (authors of the source novel for Tarkovsky's STALKER). HARD TO BE A GOD began percolating in German's consciousness in the mid-1960s, and would actively consume him for the last 15 years of his life. Happily, he brought the film close enough to completion for his wife and son to apply the finishing touches immediately after his passing. Taking place on the planet Arkanar, which is in the midst of its own Middle Ages, the film focuses on Don Rumata, one of a group of earth scientists who have been sent to Arkanar with the proviso that they must not interfere in the planet's political or historical development. Treated by the planet's natives as a kind of divinity, Don Rumata is both godlike and impotent in the face of its chaos and brutality. (C) Kino Lorber

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If you're a fan of 'Andrei Rublev' and 'Stalker', don't miss this monumental film.

August 3, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Nasty, brutish, and long.

June 4, 2015 | Full Review…

The late director Aleksei Guerman's last film is a grandly arbitrary carnival of neo-medieval depravity. It's also a mudpunk allegory of Russian barbarism and backwardness.

February 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Not only an unforgettable individual masterpiece but probably one of the capital-G Great Films.

January 30, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The roiling setting alone enforces a medieval mind-set that feels genuine: brutal yet often jovially rambunctious and crude, pre-psychological in its sense of the cheapness of life and yet rich with local custom and detail.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

It is grotesque and deranged and Hieronymus Bosch-like, and damn if it isn't a bona fide vision-but of what, exactly?

January 29, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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Three hours of shit, piss, pleghm, blood and semen. It was an experience. If this sounds redactive, it's only because I was expecting something more from the intriguing premise. Alas I found the narrative incoherent and the characters are all so vile that I was never gripped (though I was never bored either). On a technical, physical and atmospheric level, the film is undoubtedly a huge success.

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