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Rome Film Review: ‘Hard to Be a God’

22 November 2013 5:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Aleksei German died in February 2013, he left behind a nearly finished magnum opus, “Hard to Be a God.” With the assistance of son Aleksei German Jr. and wife and collaborator Svetlana Karmalita, the movie was completed, most likely just as the great man would have wanted. Boisterous, overstuffed, richly designed and utterly incomprehensible, “Hard” is set on a planet stuck in the Dark Ages, depicting a world of violence, filth and crudeness meant to be a metaphor for our own times. Truly impressive camerawork holds interest through the protracted running time, yet only German devotees will have sufficient patience.

The project was discussed as far back as the mid-1960s, but German didn’t begin shooting until 2000, ending in 2006. Who knows how much footage was developed; since there’s no discernible narrative, it’s easy to imagine the film running far longer than the current three hours, perhaps in »

- Jay Weissberg

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