A Collector's Legacy of Rescued Art
Filmmakers Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev, in Uzbekistan to work on a documentary about another subject, discovered the Nukus Museum, and were not only intrigued by Savitsky's story, but amazed by the quality and quantity of fine art displayed in this remote and relatively unknown treasury. They've used rare archival footage, interviews with kin of the artists whose work is represented in the museum, and those who've kept the collection safe and intact up to the present to profile both the collector and his collection, and convey the political and social milieu of the former Soviet Union. Ben Kingslay, Sally Field and Edward Azner add drama with their excellent voice over translations of the comments made by non-English speakers who are being interviewed on camera. Best of all, the richly varied and beautiful art work shown in the film represents an extraordinary record of brilliant individual perspectives on all of the cultures and lifestyles that existed throughout the former Soviet Union.
Your Opportunity to See The Art Work
If you love art and history and heros, you will love The Desert of Forbidden Art.
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- Title: The Desert of Forbidden Art
- Directors: Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Gerogiev
- US Theatrical Release Date: March 11, 2011 (limited)
- Running Time: 80 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Country: Russia, USA, Uzbekistan
- Locations: Uzbekistan, Karakalpakstan, Nukus
- Language: English
- Distribution Company: PBS Independent Lens (Broadcast)
- Official Website