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Stars: Leonid Yarmolnik, Gali Abaydulov, Yuriy Ashikhmin, Remigijus Bilinskas, Aleksandr Chutko, Valeriy Boltyshev, Evgeniy Gerchakov, Yuriy Tsurilo | Written by Aleksei German, Svetlana Karmalita | Directed by Aleksei German
Cinema is often described as an experience; it can be emotionally draining and even an endurance. Hard to be a God (Trudno byt bogom) is one such film, and at three hours long it takes some watching; but for fans of cinema, it is worth every minute of it…
A group of scientists are sent to the planet Arkanar to aid it though the medieval phase of its history. Not permitted to interfere violently they are forbidden from killing. When one of the Scientists Rumata (Leonid Yarmolnik) tries to save the local intellectuals from being executed, he is finally pushed into action. Put into the position of a God, Rumata ponders what he can do, knowing the whole time that his actions are »
- Paul Metcalf
Hard to be a God, 2013.
Directed by Aleksei German.
A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to study the local civilization, which is in the medieval phase of its own history…
Humankind and their alien humanoid cousins are ugly. Beastly and grim; the vile creatures totter around in a seemingly endless quest for some sort of meaning in a pointless existence.
Hard to be a God, Aleksei German’s relentlessly tortuous art house epic of sci-fi horror brings these sort of existential problems out in all their dripping and sordid details. It is, to be perfectly blunt, a tough, sometimes excruciating, watch, with almost three hours of relentless repulsiveness showing off the denizens of Arkanar in all their foul glory. And presumably that’s the point – to display that when it comes down to it, »
- Robert W Monk
2 items from 2015
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