The Desert of Forbidden Art

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3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

There is a hero to this mildly fascinating documentary---Igor Savitsky, who, before his death in 1984, became a kind of Oskar Schindler of banned art, saving more than 40,000 pieces of Soviet-era avant-garde work and collecting them in a museum in rural Karakalpakstan. As brought to life in the stentorian tones of Ben Kingsley, the curator comes off like a driven visionary, but his actual efforts aren't dramatized enough. The paintings speak more articulately: doomy, dank colors and oppressive shapes.

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