There are no bones to be made about it, Hard to be a God is a modern masterpiece. Intellectuals are being rounded up and murdered, hence the protagonist, Don Rumata — an anthropologist sent from Earth to usher in and report on a forthcoming age of enlightenment that never materialised — disguising himself as a local lord, a descendant of a pagan god and witness to the filth and degradation that surrounds him. Yet Hard to be a God is little concerned with following any traditional approach to narrative, as this is a sensory cinematic experience like no other — a wholly immersive plunge into the mud, the blood, the snot and the shit of a viscerally realised world. German forges a mise-en-scene like nothing else, packing every corner of every frame with incident and detail.
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Username or Email Address. Remember Me. A group of 30 scientists travel from Earth to a nearly-identical alien planet that is culturally and technologically centuries behind. The inhabitants of this planet have brutally suppressed a renaissance movement, murdering anybody they consider to be an intellectual, and thus the planet is stuck in the middle ages. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly.
The much anticipated final film from Russian director Aleksei German reached near-mythological status long before it was ever completed, but Hard to Be a God proves to be a fitting magnum opus for the notoriously perfectionist auteur. While relatively unknown outside of Russia, German is regarded as a filmmaker of import second only to Tarkovsky in his motherland. Set during civil conflict, the film mostly follows Earth-born, armor-clad Don Rumata Leonid Yarmolnik , who poses as the baronial offspring of a pagan god Fish-eye lens compositions, fine-grained photography, marathon takes and constant intrusions from off-screen combine to impart the sense of a living world This particular God ly work by the Russian master was completed by his long-time partner, Svetlana Karmalita, and son, Aleksei German Jr, after plus years of on-again, off-again shooting and postproduction. Its vigor and openness to multiple allegorical readings will endure for years to come. A modern masterpiece
T he past is another planet — they do things differently there. This monochrome dream-epic of medieval cruelty and squalor is a non-sci-fi sci-fi; a monumental, and monumentally mad film that the Russian film-maker Alexei German began working on around 15 years ago. What on earth does it mean?