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Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein (1989)

Another planet in the period of medieval times. An employee of the institute of experimental history from Earth, who is send under the name of noble don Rumata of Estor as a spy with a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Zentara ... Rumata / Anton
Aleksandr Filippenko ... Reba
Hugues Quester ... Suren
Anne Gautier Anne Gautier ... Kyra
Christine Kaufmann ... Okana
Andrei Boltnev ... Budach
Pierre Clémenti ... King
Mikhail Gluzskiy ... Hauk (as Michail Glusski)
Elguja Burduli Elguja Burduli ... Baron Pampa (as Elgudzha Burduli)
Birgit Doll Birgit Doll ... Anka
Werner Herzog ... Mita / Richard
Regimantas Adomaitis ... Richard Kondor - a historian and scientist
Werner Hess Werner Hess
Thomas Schücke ... John
Arnis Licitis ... Don Ripat
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Another planet in the period of medieval times. An employee of the institute of experimental history from Earth, who is send under the name of noble don Rumata of Estor as a spy with a mission to contact the local resident of the institute, arrives in the city of Arkanar. But the resident perishes under an unlucky attempt to make a palace coup, and Rumata have to take his place as the resident. Soon he meets all the horrors of the medieval society - a peasant war, palace coups, mass executions. To continue to be an indifferent watcher of all these horrors turns out to be simply impossible... Written by Toth-Amon

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Language:

German

Release Date:

7 August 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard to Be a God See more »

Filming Locations:

Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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The main requirement Strugatsky for the film was the presence of a Soviet director, preferably Alexei Herman, but the director was approved Fleischman. Because of its intractability and serious nature, the Strugatsky stopped monitoring the process of filming and, as a result, they did not like the resulting film. See more »

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Version of Trudno byt bogom (2013) See more »

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Hard To Be A God
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A deeply philosophical science fiction. A "gem"!
20 September 2005 | by evgeniy77See all my reviews

Although I agree with the impression of the previous commentator, I have several complaints. 1990 is not "a few years after the cold war" and in 1990 it was not "new Russia". This is exactly what makes this film great. It would have been only possible to make such a "gem" of a film during the existence of USSR. Especially, since this is an adaptation of Soviet Union's "domestic" science fiction writers, the Strugatsky brothers. I am just discovering the great works of Russian and Soviet science fiction (incidentally at the same time as the "American" Isaac Asimov). Years after I have enjoyed "Star Trek: The next Generation" TV-series. Although "Star Trek:TNG" raises similar questions through "The Prime Directive", "Trudno Byt' Bogom" is a full-length film and allows a deeper analysis of the question. But the book is certainly deeper.


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