Hard to Be a God
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- Run Time: 2 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Originally Released: 2013
- Label: Kino Lorber
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Russian
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Russian
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Aleksei German|
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The roiling setting alone enforces a medieval mind-set that feels genuine: brutal yet often jovially rambunctious and crude, pre-psychological in its sense of the cheapness of life and yet rich with local custom and detail.
New York Times
Rating: B+ -- An allegory of Russian barbarism. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
[A]n extreme case of visionary film, and as much a delirium as a movie in any customary sense.
[German] is probably the most important Russian filmmaker to remain more or less completely unknown in the United States, and HARD TO BE A GOD is the movie he spent almost his entire career trying to get made and the last decade of his life trying to finish.
This is hardcore art-house cinema and not for the impatient or squeamish, but many images and performances keep haunting you afterwards. Full Review
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