Hard to Be a God
Sunday, July 8, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Dir. Aleksei German. 2013, 177 mins. DCP. In Russian with English subtitles. With Leonid Yarmolnik, Aleksandr Chutko, Yuriy Tsurilo, Evgeniy Gerchakov, Valentin Golubenko. A science-fiction film unlike any other, German’s final masterpiece saw the filmmaker take his leave of this world for the planet of Arkanar, a morass of mud, blood, and sundry other fluids mired in a perpetual medieval era, where Earth scientist Don Rumata observes as a possible renaissance is met with violent purges. Working from a novel by beloved fraternal writing duo Boris and Arkady Strugatsky (authors of the book that inspired Tarkovsky’s Stalker), the director lovingly labored over each and every detail, from battles to belches, crafting a singularly vivid hellscape. Though German’s dream project was initially conceived in the 1960s, Hard to Be a God nevertheless speaks vitally to its times, setting up an apocalyptic collision between intelligence and brute force to devastating effect.
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