The Projection Booth: Hard To Be A God

I was invited back (again) onto The Projection Booth to discuss two film adaptation of a classic of Soviet era science fiction, Hard To Be A God, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, with Mike White and Travis Crawford. The two film adaptations are quite different. The 1989 Hard To Be A God has a more conventional narrative, a minor role for Werner Herzog pretty sweet wigs, characters who look quite a bit like Christopher Lambert, and a remarkable landscape. Hard To Be A God (2013) is a more challenging film and is in some ways more faithful to the book. But it does have this great moment in subtitling history.

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You can listen here.

If you do read the book, I suggest the 2014 translation by Olena Bomashenko.

 

 

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