The Desert Of Forbidden Art
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THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART is the incredible true story of how one man, Igor Savitsky, saved a treasure trove of art worth millions of dollars, "hiding" it in a museum in the desert in Uzbekistan. A tireless collector of paintings that the Soviet government wanted destroyed, Savitsky traveled thousands of miles - scheming, plotting, pleading - doing whatever it took to get his hands on the art he so passionately wanted to preserve. As a result of his efforts, The Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art named after Savitsky, also known as the Nukus Museum - hosts the world's second… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Viewers of this remarkable documentary will be astonished at not only what this art looks like and why it's forbidden, but also where it is and how it got there."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It's a must-see for anyone interested in art."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Then there are the paintings themselves, which are breathtaking in their brilliant colors, and their hybrid influences of the Russian avant-garde and Central Asian folk culture."
‑ Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine
"One of the paintings featured herein is currently my Windows desktop image."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"An unusual and fascinating documentary about the survival of avant-garde art in the Soviet Union thanks to the courage, imagination, and zeal of one collector."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"[A] Gorgeous documentary."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"One anecdote about Savitsky flouting an official demand to remove an offending painting ends with this deftly scoffing voice-over from his stand-in, Ben Kingsley: "Anti-Soviet? Of course. Degenerate? No way.""
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"What does the collector's collecting aim to substitute? What does the collection attempt to replace in the collector?"
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"The Desert of Forbidden Art tells the fascinating true story of a former aristocrat's efforts to save banned Soviet art in a remote desert area during the perilous Stalinist era."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"a remarkable story of heroism and of defiance of tyranny."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"[An] nformative but standard documentary..."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Needless to say, the film is packed with art, as well as interviews with art critics, journalists and the descendents of some of the artists."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"The fascinating story of one of the greatest collections of avant-garde art in the world and a plea for help in preserving it."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"A great art-history tale becomes a good but less-than-remarkable film."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Outstanding documentary on the conflict between revolutionary artists and a state power determined to crush them in the name of "Communism". A great companion-piece to Chris Marker's "The Last Bolshevik"."
‑ Louis Proyect,
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