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Vasya Sitnikov was officially insane, a man without a passport, in and out of mental institutions, yet he was the key figure of the nonconformist art movement in the Soviet Union. He left ... See full summary »

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Andrei Zagdansky
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kevin Clarke Kevin Clarke ... Himself
Norton Dodge Norton Dodge ... Himself
Herbert H. Kliegerman Herbert H. Kliegerman ... Himself (as Herb H. Kleigerman)
Lydia Krokhina Lydia Krokhina ... Herself
Anatoly Krynsky Anatoly Krynsky ... Himself
Konstantin K. Kuzminsky Konstantin K. Kuzminsky ... Himself
Ferdinand Maier Ferdinand Maier ... Himself
Vladimir Nekrasov Vladimir Nekrasov ... Himself
Dmitri Plavinsky Dmitri Plavinsky ... Himself
Alexander Shnurov Alexander Shnurov ... Himself
Nicholas Sitnikov Nicholas Sitnikov ... Herself
Ludmila Tarasenko Ludmila Tarasenko ... Herself
Vladimir Teteriatnikov Vladimir Teteriatnikov ... Herself
Vladimir Titov Vladimir Titov ... Himself
Julia Troll Julia Troll ... Herself
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Vasya Sitnikov was officially insane, a man without a passport, in and out of mental institutions, yet he was the key figure of the nonconformist art movement in the Soviet Union. He left behind astonishing works of art, yet he remains a compelling, controversial mystery. Why does his legend still confound those who knew him? Written by Anonymous

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Madness protects if insanity is the world around you.

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

9 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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AZ Films,Fora Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Russian Van Gough
27 April 2007 | by marber1111See all my reviews

You do not need to be a connoisseur of things Russian to appreciate this film, but you will especially like it if you are still in search of that ever elusive comprehension of the "Russian Soul" – the ultimate mix of the struggles that comprise one human lifetime in a wrong place at the wrong time. Vasily (Vasya) Sitnikov's paintings and drawings – at least those that survived him, speak less of his asserted insanity and much more of his unique perception of reality and his unfortunate burden – having been born in the USSR. The film about Vasya's absurd life and his exceptional art, which you'll most likely never see otherwise,discovers this largely unknown, but MAGICAL painter for those of us who appreciate discoveries at any age in any form.


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