Khrustalyov, My Car!
The newest film by Russian auteur Aleksei German has been largely unseen since its limited release in 1998. Based on a story by Joseph Brodsky, German’s film spans the final days of Stalin’s regime (its title refers to the exclamation made by the chief of the USSR’s secret police to his chauffer as he stormed from the dictator’s deathbed), as a Red Army surgeon’s life is thrown into disarray when he’s accused of involvement in a plot to assassinate politburo leaders. German’s weightless camera weaves through a paranoid, wintry panorama of Soviet surrealism.
“One of the few indisputable masterpieces of world cinema completed in the last 40 years. There is nothing quite like its combination of hallucinatory dreamscape, vulgar slapstick and mournful indignation over acts of violent political oppression. Imagine Alice in Wonderland mashed into a blender with the classic anti-Stalinist literature of Koestler, Orwell and Solzhenitsyn and you begin to get a sense of this bewildering accomplishment.”—Larry Gross, Film Comment
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$10 for the general public, $7 for LACMA members, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID | Tickets available Thursday, April 26 at 5 pm | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online
$5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and New York Times Film Club members | Pre-sale tickets available Thursday, April 19 at 5 pm | Members of these groups will be required to show proof of membership when retrieving their tickets | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online