Cultural Gutter: Gods in Wigs

Over on the Cultural Gutter, I’m writing about the loony West German-French-Soviet sci-fi epic, Hard to Be a God.

In November of 1989, The Berlin Wall — the second-most potent symbol of the Cold War after Ivan Drago — became a speed bump as East Germany collapsed. Before the dust had settled, before anyone even really knew what the future held in store, a group of filmmakers from France teamed up with a group of filmmakers from West Germany and the Soviet Union — two countries that wouldn’t even exist by the time their work was finished — to make an ambitious, batty, corny sci-fi fantasy film called Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein, (Hard to be a God), that ended up being a telling reflection of the upheaval and anxiety that permeated the final days of the 1980s.

Full article: Gods in Wigs