Considering that Hard to Be a God — the final film from celebrated Russian director Aleksei German (Khrustalyov, My Car!), who died in 2013 — received its U.S. theatrical premiere at Anthology as recently as January, this brief encore run might seem like yesterday’s news. But Hard is such a confrontational and filthy work (“one of the most consistently disgusting films ever made,” in the words of Glenn Kenny) that any sign of encore-level audience interest is worth getting excited about. Indeed, another chance to experience on the big screen German’s elaborate, outlandish construction of a planet mired in the Middle Ages is not something to be taken for granted.
April 23-28, 5 & 8:30 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 22, 2015