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Gripping conspiracy thriller, pretentious art biopic, timely political documentary -- 'The Russian Woodpecker' is all this and more.
Provocative, spooky and just a little nutty.
Alexandrovich's ideas are poised to be embraced by a wide swatch of conspiracy theorists as this film continues to be discovered and debated.
Mr. Gracia's messily structured film works best as a document of fear in today's Ukraine and as a kind of ghost story about the Soviet Union.
The Russian Woodpecker is only valuable as entertainment, though the absence of any equivalent to the Zapruder film or allegedly suspicious NASA photos means there's not much visual interest.
The Russian Woodpecker is very much like Fedor himself -- eccentric as hell, smart as a whip, and, at the end of the day, a heartbreaker.
The relationship between the Soviet Union and Ukraine takes on almost unbelievable twists and turns in this film.
This assertive film reaches out beyond just the usual folks who take to conspiracy theories.
An unexpectedly compelling political thriller.
A documentary with no easy antecedents, The Russian Woodpecker is at once a glance inside a wondrous mind, a journey back into the twisted mire of the Cold War and an experience that can't stop provoking questions.
You should check it out.
A corking conspiracy lies at the heart of Chad Gracia's debut documentary, whose darkly comic proceedings are strewn with covert recordings and animated interludes.
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