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Oleg and the Rare Arts

Oleg y las raras artes

Directed by Andrés Duque
Spain, 2016


Karavaychuk played the piano for Stalin as a child prodigy and in the course of his career wrote music for more than 200 films, by Paradjanov and Muratova among others. Filmmaker Andrés Duque is the first foreigner to win his trust. Who’s this man who looks as if he stepped out of a story by Gogol?

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Oleg and the Rare Arts Directed by Andrés Duque
The body is both a fading receptacle and a divining rod for ecstatic inspiration in this idiosyncratic, witty portrait of Kiev-born piano prodigy and all-round eccentric Oleg Karavaychuk.
December 26, 2016
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The film is utterly enthralled by the pianist’s presence, and cinematographer Carmen Torres follows every sway, every reverie, as Karavaychuk spins wayward yarns (about being neighbors with Anna Akhmatova and Arseny Tarkovsky in a Petersburg artists’ colony provided by Stalin, for example) or unfurls his exquisite, otherworldly compositions in a style that seems closer to Cecil Taylor than Rimsky-Korsakov.
December 07, 2016
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An altogether different kind of Russian Ark (2002)—Oleg (in customary tilted red beret) roams the halls of the Hermitage, reflecting on his unorthodox career while pausing to wring anguished beauty from a most ornate baby grand—Duque’s homage transcends the seductions of quirk inherent in outsider-artist portraits.
March 25, 2016
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