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  1. Everything can understand, everything. And quite inevitably.

    Unless the viewer turns away and looks at what is happening through an artificially maintained smoke screen in their head, the main subtext of the film simply cannot penetrate it. It's too physiological. Subtext. But the movie, too.

    Imagine a line where the Renaissance didn't happen. Renaissance art didn't happen. Humanism, philosophy, the scientific method, the ridding of religion from the pagan background — none of this has happened. At some point, history has failed, the Hegelian synthesis has passed by, and all the best things in the world will continue to be drowned in latrines from now until the sun goes out.

    Why this happened is not important, the end will not be found. The story of Arkanar is easier to stretch parallel to the filmography of Herman himself, rather than the real history of the Middle Ages — just if earlier one general was shoved into the van “Soviet Champagne”, to the convicts, now the whole world fits in there.

    And there is also a person who understands everything, and knows the difference, and can't do anything. This is Don Rumata. It doesn't matter what planet he's from, or what time he's from. It is important that by his monstrous loneliness, his (apparent) superiority and his helplessness, he is embittered to such an extent that he ceases to be better than everyone else, and turns out to be simply stronger. He can't fix the world not because he has some directive somewhere-he can't because he has already been exposed to enough radiation and has lost all his landmarks. And his comrades, too.

    The Strugatskys ' Arkanar still has dynamics and conflict. This world is moving from somewhere to somewhere, it is still moving somehow, and even though Rumata has crossed the line, there is a feeling that the world still has hope. Herman builds another Arcanar: hopeless. Nothing will change there. It is no coincidence that Burakh does not even ask for an alternative: if we cannot be healed, then let us rather die.

    And Rumata kills them. And nothing changes. Everything continues exactly the same.

    Why it is impossible not to understand — because it is always close. In any era, we live in limbo, when suddenly the greys may come, and then the blacks, when all the worst will not find enough resistance, and the story may just end. It's possible. It happened in the twentieth century, and more than once. This is still the case today. The viewer is simply asked to understand all this from the film. If the audience doesn't want to understand it all from the movie, they will understand it all somewhere else.

    This is the inevitability.That's why Herman shot this, and that's how it is.

    There are many post-apocalyptic movies out there. “It's hard to be a God” is pre-apocalyptic. This is evidence of the last appearance of man before he finally loses all humanity. It will go down the winter road, between the downed stakes and the hanging dogs, and there will be nothing more.

  2. At the risk of getting minuses from fans of Herman's work, I'll still be honest. I bought a CD, watched the whole movie, and didn't understand anything. It's just that people on the screen are doing something incomprehensible. Some of my friends couldn't even sit through the whole movie, and they got bored. We probably haven't grown up yet. However, one provincial film critic who wrote an abstruse review praising the film privately told me that in his opinion Herman was talented at using the money of sponsors. That is, the film crew openly mocked Prokhorov and others who gave money, releasing something resembling the costume of the naked king from the famous fairy tale. At the same time, they made fun of the audience because the film interested many fans of science fiction.
    A funny touch: the game has spread among my friends. When they discover that someone hasn't seen Herman's film yet, everyone starts trying to persuade the newcomer to join the high art, praising the picture as the highest achievement of the author's cinema. After watching it, the person finds himself in the circle of initiates that it is impossible to watch it normally, and he begins to praise the film before the next victim. So already about a dozen people have fallen into the trap, the game has been going on intermittently for more than a year. I think that says a lot.

  3. As an independent creation, this film may deserve some honors and people's attention in general, but as a film adaptation, my very favorite work of the Strugatsky brothers, definitely not. The picture conveys anything but the book itself. If you want to look at gloomy pictures, sluggish scenery and mediocre acting-please, but in general I will join the commentator above, read the book better.

  4. To understand Herman's “TBB”, you must first read the Strugatskys '” TBB ” and a dozen other good reviews of the film and interviews with its creators. You need to be prepared. You need to know what they are talking about, who all these people are, what is happening and where. Then, without being distracted by wading through the plot and guts on the screen, you can understand that this movie is not about a fictional Arcanar, but about the real us. I can't find a scarier and more important understanding than this.

    And if a person suddenly decides to watch this movie – well, like, it's fashionable, everyone knows it, you need to get involved in art, and so on-then they won't see a damn thing, except for a meaningless disgusting video sequence, and even with bad sound.

  5. It will probably be banal, but very good advice to read the book itself in this case, everything is quite accessible and understandable there. A huge independent world is very interesting for the reader, and the narration from the side of an earthling who is tired of this world makes it even more interesting.

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