Hard to Be a God

Hard to Be a God
  • Monday April 23 | 7:00pm

Based on the sci fi novel Hard to Be a God by the Strugatsky brothers who wrote the novel Roadside Picnic on which Stalker is based, the film was four decades in planning and twelve years in the making. It was to be the final film by the inspired Russian director Aleksei German. ‘Not only an unforgettable individual masterpiece but probably one of the capital-G Great Films…   German cannot exorcise the torment of Stalinism from his consciousness; instead he uses art to communicate the reasons it existed and the way it felt for those victimized by it. Hard To Be A God is a fantastical examination of man’s inhumanity to man, and as replete as it is with persistent visceral disgust, it also pulses with intelligence, a mordant compassion, and yes, incredible wit. Its vision is so monstrously realized that even as it repulses, it makes almost any other film you would care to put next to it seem puny, silly, unnecessary. It is a demanding work, in every sense of the word. But it also gives back as much as it wants from you.’ Roger Ebert

. "awe-inspiring in its own monumentally mad way" and "beautiful, brilliant and bizarre" ***** Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

Hard to Be a God

  • Director: Aleksei German
  • Year: 2014
  • Run Time: 187mins
  • Country: Russia, Czech Republic