Hard To Be A God (4/19)

“Our chaotic journey makes Werner Herzog’s ‘Aguirre, The Wrath of God” look like ‘Downton Abbey’.” — The New York Times

“‘Hard to Be a God’ is itself a case of cinematic exaggeration, an extreme case of visionary film, and as much a delirium as a movie in any customary sense.” — Film Comment

The excitement amongst many of our members has been palpable for this one, so we’ve fast-tracked it onto the calendar just for you! In the space between Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev and Zulawski’s On The Silver Globe lies Hard To Be A God, the final epic film from Russian auteur Aleksei Guerman. Previously unseen on L.A. screens until now, this meticulously-constructed monument to sensory overload was the culmination of a life’s work for Guerman: his idea for it formed back in the mid-’60s, and would use up every last bit of his energy for his final decade among us. Happily, he brought the film close enough to completion for his wife and son to apply the finishing touches immediately after his passing. It’s based upon a novel by the same brothers who wrote the source material for Tarkovsky’s Stalker, and it tracks the dense, purposefully hazy goings-on on an Earth-like planet on the other side of the galaxy in the midst of its own Middle Ages — and contains what’s possibly the most realistic depiction of mud-soaked delirium of that historical era ever filmed.
Dir. Aleksey German, 2013, DCP, 170 min.

Watch the trailer for “Hard To Be A God”!
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