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      June 24, 2012

       

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      The Fall of Otrar

      Harvard Film Archive
      24 Quincy Street
      Sun., June 24, 2012, 7 – 9:40 p.m.



      Directed by Ardak Amirkulov. With Dokhdurbek Kydyraliyev, Tungyshbai Dzhamankulov, Bolot Bejshenaliyev
      USSR/Kazak 1991, 35mm, color, 176 min. Kazakh, Mongolian and Mandarin with English subtitles
      Guerman produced and co-wrote – with wife and regular collaborator Svetlana Karmalita – Ardak Amirkulov’s staggering historical epic about the intrigue and conflict that led to Genghis Khan’s systematic destruction of the lost East Asian civilization of Otrar. Spurring an extraordinary wave of great Kazakh films in the 1990s, The Fall of Otrar is at once hallucinatory, visually resplendent and ferociously energetic, packed with eye-catching detail and traversing an endless variety of parched, epic landscapes and ornate palaces. A national epic that is also an art film, the closest antecedent to The Fall of Otrar may be Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev, yet it also betrays the influence of Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone.

      Gazette Classification: Film
      Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
      Directed By: Aleksei Guerman
      Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, senior citizens, Harvard faculty, and staff. Free for Harvard students
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