Hard to Be a God (1989 film)

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Hard to Be a God
Directed by Peter Fleischmann
Written by Jean-Claude Carrière
Starring Werner Herzog
Alexander Philippenko
Edward Żentara
Music by Jürgen Fritz
Cinematography Jerzy Goscik
Pavel Lebeshev
Klaus Müller-Laue
Edited by Marie-Josée Audiard
Christian Virmond
Release dates
Running time
119 min.
Country Soviet Union
West Germany
Language Russian

Hard to Be a God (German: Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein, Russian: Трудно быть богом) is a joint USSR-Germany science fiction film directed by Peter Fleischmann released in 1989, based on the novel of the same name by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

The Strugatsky brothers' main request was for the director to be of Soviet origin, possibly Aleksei German. Still, against their will, Fleischmann became the director of this project. Because of Fleischmann's intractability and difficult nature, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky stopped collaborating with him and abandoned the film. As a result, the final product was heavily criticized by them. (source in Russian)[not in citation given] This led to the development of the 2013 adaptation directed by Aleksei German.

Grant Stevens performed the title song.

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