The director of this documentary featuring art and artists whose work was suppressed by the Soviet state normally earns his keep as an orchestra conductor. For a long time, the Soviet regime only recognized one style of art as being legitimate, a kind of poster-realism dedicated to glorifying the accomplishments of Marxist thought in the Soviet state. All other forms of art, from impressionism to abstract expressionism, were considered "decadent." In the era before the collapse of the Soviet empire, a thawing known as "glasnost" occurred. That is when this film was made and dedicated to Kasimir Malevich, an avant-garde 20th century painter. As things have changed, many of the artists featured here have emerged from enforced obscurity to become well known.
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