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Old 07-04-2011, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art is a documentary about an art collection that was established in Karakalpakstan during a period when the Soviet government forbade the display of much of the art work that ended up there. The museum was financed by local Soviet officials who bent the rules to help Igor Savitsky build this collection of 40,000 paintings.

This is the most interesting documentary I've seen in a long time. I highly recommend it. If you want to read about the actual collection, here's a link: http://www.savitskycollection.org/

   
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What an odd coincidence. A friend of mine just loaned me the DVD of this. I couldn't agree more enthusiastically. Amazing man, even more amazing collection, and the artwork is so well photographed that it positively glows (in a good way), even on my cruddy tv.

Ah. It's available on NetFlix (though only as a DVD, not instant view over the net).

Netflix has odd taste in "similar titles". It suggests "Beyond the Poseidon Advanture" as an alternate choice for "Desert of Forbidden Art".

   
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Some of the color choices of the artists was amazing. I just wonder how many amazing paintings they have there.

   
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Netflix has odd taste in "similar titles". It suggests "Beyond the Poseidon Advanture" as an alternate choice for "Desert of Forbidden Art".
LOL! They've offered me some really strange "similar titles" in the past too. I don't know how they come up with them, but I've rarely seen one that is appropriate.

   
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I don't recall whether it was in the film or on one of the web sites I looked up later, but I think there are now three buldings just to house all the art the guy collected.

It's a pity it's so out of the way. I could see spending days there, but it'd take days if not weeks just to GET there.

   
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The museum has become an important tourest attraction, and so now it's being given even more money. If I was in good health, I'd visit it for sure.

   
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Wow .. I wonder how long it takes to GET to the museum though.

   
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Wow .. I wonder how long it takes to GET to the museum though.
From where?

   
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From where?
From just about anywhere else. ;-)

BTW, our art museum has picked up on this and is showing it as part of a film series they put on.

   
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Good for them!

I ordered a copy and was quite impressed -- both with the art and with the documentary.

   
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