Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7pm
Light Industry at BAM:
Alexei Gherman's Khrustaliov, My Car!
30 Lafayette Avenue
Introduced by Kent Jones
Khrustaliov, My Car!
Alexei Gherman, 35mm, 1998, 137 mins
The time is the winter of 1953, the place is Moscow. In this masterpiece of disorientation, Gherman creates a consistently amazing visual and aural rendition of the charged atmosphere of those sad times, in which no point of view is ever fixed, nor any shadow devoid of possible danger, nor any stray remark free from potentially lethal consequences. Taking off from the infamous “Doctor’s Plot,” Gherman tells the story of Yuri Glinshi, Red Army general and famous brain surgeon, who is sent to the Gulag after an anti-Semitic purge. An odd mixture of jumpiness, exhaustion, and confusion permeates Gherman’s lustrous black-and-white images, adding up to an eye-opening representation of what it’s like to live in a totalitarian society where something monumental is taking place, although no one knows precisely what, nor when or how it will break. Profoundly personal, unrelentingly tough and oddly affirmative, Khrustaliov, My Car! is as brave as filmmaking gets. It is also an altogether towering achievement. — KJ
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Tickets - $12, available at box office and through BAM's website.