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The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010)

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Risking being denounced as an 'enemy of the people,' Igor Savitsky rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artists' works and creates in a far desert of Soviet Uzbekistan a museum now worth millions.
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Credited cast:
Edward Asner ... (voice) (as Ed Asner)
Sally Field ... (voice)
Ben Kingsley ... Igor Savitsky (voice)
Igor Paramonov Igor Paramonov ... (voice)


The Desert of Forbidden Art is a sweeping look at decades of Soviet repression of the arts and Igor Savitsky's one man campaign to rescue 40,000 works of banned politically volatile artists. In complete defiance of the regime, he creates in a remote desert of Uzbekistan one of the most important collections of Russian art. Written by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev

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Russia | USA | Uzbekistan


English | Russian

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11 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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I erimos tis apagorevmenis tehnis See more »

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outstanding and moving documentary
5 April 2011 | by bpg39See all my reviews

This is an amazing film about hidden treasure that is so vulnerable. I hope that something can be done to save this art and bring it to the world. The paintings are so vivid; I will never forget them.

I went to the website: "desertofforbiddenart.com" and immediately made a contribution to the book of paintings being planned.

It is ironic, that after so many years of hiding the works from Stalin, it is now, in the twenty-first century, that the paintings are in the most danger.

But it is not only viewing the paintings that made such an impression on me, but the stories of the forgotten artists. The world should know who they were, and the incredible sacrifices they made to be painters.

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