Dir. Alexei German (1998).
Seven years in the making, Alexei German’s alarming phantasmagoria is one of the great films of the ‘90s—a brilliantly directed, unrelentingly grotesque, savagely bleak comedy unfolding over three days during the winter of 1953 when, his condition as yet unknown to the Soviet people, their Great Stalin lay dying. The narrative is not difficult to follow but the succession of events is dizzying. German’s walpurgisnacht is thick with allusions, literary as well as political—a hallucinated environment supersedes all but the most grossly physical events.
Tue., Nov. 30, 7 p.m., 2010