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The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010)

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Risking being denounced as an 'enemy of the people,' Igor Savitsky rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artists' works and creates in a far desert of Soviet Uzbekistan a museum now worth millions.
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The Desert of Forbidden Art is a sweeping look at decades of Soviet repression of the arts and Igor Savitsky's one man campaign to rescue 40,000 works of banned politically volatile artists. In complete defiance of the regime, he creates in a remote desert of Uzbekistan one of the most important collections of Russian art. Written by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev

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A must see film. A project that needs our support!!!
31 October 2010 | by (Palm Desert, CA) – See all my reviews

A memorable documentary, an incredible story of how 44,000 unknown works of art came to be in a museum in Upper Uzbekistan, a film that combines elements of a spy story, fascinating history, dangerous quests and a fear of the future. Absolutely stunning.

What is not in the film is that this collection is located in a secret, off-the-maps city where Soviets experimented with gas, germ and nuclear warfare, and that is another reason why the outside world does not know about the city or the museum that is in it.

I will never forget the images of the art in this film, paintings equal to or better than those of Impressionists seen in books and other museums. And remember: only 400 of the 44,000 paintings have ever been photographed. Most have never been catalogued!!

As a movie reviewer and concerned citizen, I have been recommending this marvelous film to everyone interested in humanity, art, and history.

Four stars!!!! SEE IT, SUPPORT IT, HELP SAVE THIS UNKNOWN AND IMPORTANT ART FROM POSSIBLE DESTRUCTION BY RADICAL MUSLIMS, WHO SURROUND IT.


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