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quietearth [Celluloid 02.24.09] movie news scifi fantasy

For those framiliar with the famous Strugatsky brothers, you'll know how big they are in Eastern Europe and how many films have been adapted from their work, specifically the likes of Tarkovsky's Stalker, Konstantin Lopushansky's Gadkie Lebedi, and most recently The Inhabited Island. Hard to be a God is one film which can't be found on IMDB, and while we reported on some stills earlier, we weren't able to find any footage. Now that's changed courtesy of a Russian tv station interviewing one of the main actors so we pulled out all the footage for your enjoyment.

On another planet, which goes through its middle ages, a group of historians from Earth live pretending to be average people. The main character, known as Don Rumata, is disgusted by cruelties he observes on everyday basis but is prohibited by his superiors from interfering and thus changing the natural course of history of the planet. The only thing the historians have a right to do is to protect and help few individuals who seem to be different from everybody else and can benefit the entire planet through their knowledge and ideas. Rumata has to find one of these people, Budakh, and rescue him from the hands of Don Reba, a ruler of the country and an insane tyrant.

The footage is quite profound and beautiful and you can watch it after the break.

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agentorange (13 years ago) Reply

Somewhere in here I think there's an interesting commentary on the ethical dilemmas that anthropologists or even documentary filmmakers have to deal with when they tackle their work. Like, is it appropriate for a documentary filmmaker to step out from behind the camera when his/her subjects are put in jeopardy? Or would that be imposing outsider values on another's culture? It's an interesting debate.

The footage looks quite good though it's pretty clear it's unprocessed and being broadcast in the wrong aspect ratio.


Jackill (13 years ago) Reply



entizari (13 years ago) Reply

hopefully one day we'll get to actually see these films (aside from Stalker of course).
with so many interesting Russian genre films being made how come we get Night/Day Watch.


jethro bowser (13 years ago) Reply

I was wondering the same thing... why we stuck with night/day watch when there's clearly tons more amazing stuff???


Jaswal68 (10 years ago) Reply

These films are out there, it just takes a bit of looking. Russian/Soviet era cinema has just as much rubbish as the rest of the world, it just appears that when they make something of interest it's very interesting, lol
Jaswal68 from Australia

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