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14 December 2018: Alexei German: Khrustalyov, My Car!


In anticipation of our Alexei German season, we're pleased to present the Daniel Bird and Arrow Films' new 2K restoration of the Russian director's penultimate masterwork Khrustalyov, My Car!

Khrustalyov, My Car!
Alexei German
1998 | 137 min | B/W | Digital
Russian with English subtitles

"The time is 1953, the place is Moscow; the Jewish purges are still on, and Stalin is on his deathbed. When General Yuri Glinsky, a military surgeon, tries to escape, he is abducted, taken to the lowest rungs of hell, and deposited at the heart of the enigma. Alexei Guerman’s deeply personal penultimate film is a work of solid and constant disorientation, masterfully orchestrated. Enigmatic phrases, sounds, gestures, and micro-events pass before our eyes and ears before we or the alternately jumpy and exhausted characters can make sense of them. Guerman’s lustrous black and white images and meticulously constructed soundscape are permeated with the feel of life in a totalitarian society, where something monumental is underway but no one knows precisely what or when or how it will break." – Film Society of Lincoln Center

Notes on the restoration: The original 35mm fine grain positive was scanned in 2K resolution on an Arriscan at Eclair, Paris. The film was graded and restored at Dragon DI, Wales. Restoration supervised by James White, Arrow Films; restoration produced by Daniel Bird.