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Aleksey German – Trudno byt bogom AKA Hard to be a God (2013) (HD)

Svetlana Karmalita wrote:
A group of scientists are sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God’s place? Director’s statement Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions.

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  1. Half-remembered aside from “Monty Python & the Holy Grail”: “How do you know which one is the king ?” Answer: “He’s the one not covered in shit.”

    This is the second film version of the Strugatsky novel, the first one from 30-odd years previous being very obscure and close to unfindable. I’d like to be able to tell you that it was worth the very hard, three hours slog — regardless of how many IMDB opiners may have proclaimed it a masterpiece — but I cannot. I would grant it kudos for impressive cinematography and production design, and it does achieve a tremendous (or even amazing) “You Are There” presence in the medieval landscape like very few others ever have. But that becomes a rather mixed bag. If mud, grime, blood, viscera, piss, snot, sores, and excrement are your metier, along with some “Game of Thrones” type brutality, then perhaps this one is for you. But if trying to follow Who’s Who, which are what factions, and what are they trying to accomplish and to what end matter at all, maybe not so much. There are supposedly some scientists disguised as locals performing some long term observation, but we must take this on faith, with nothing to back it up. And any means they have for recording these events must be completely undetectable.

    This film aims to take a seat next to great films with a similar milieu such as “Andrei Rubilev” and “Marketa Lazarova”, but it falls so very far short of amassing their many redeeming qualities.

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