Thursday, April 6, 2017

Revisiting the Documentary film "the passion of Igor Savitsky".

Документальный фильм «Страсть Игоря Савицкого». Режиссер - Али Хамраев.

A documentary film "the passion of Igor Savitsky". Director - Ali Khamraev 1998, Ali Khamraev, Uzbekistan/Italy/France, 82 min. With Arielle Dombasle, Abdrashid Abdrakhmanov, Djavakhir Zakhirov.

The film "The Passion of Igor Savitsky" was released on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Directed by  Ali Khamraev  the film to the legendary Igor Savitsky  a collector of art and great supporter of preserving the culture of the peoples of Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan.


Igor Vitalievich Savitsky left Moscow as a young artist for the deserts of Central Asia in the early post war years.  The film following the path of Igor Vitalievich filming in Moscow, Tashkent and Nukus, and in the different regions of Karakalpakstan. Everywhere the filmmakers went, local residents gladly shared their memories of this amazing man. They interviewed many who remembered him including the son of the legendary artist Alexander Nikolaevich Volkov - Alexander Volkov, the President of the Pushkin Museum. А.С. A.S.. Pushkin - Irina Antonova, Savitsky successor - Marinika Babanazarova, Alvina Shpade - colleague and colleague of Igor Savitsky, the sculptor - Zholdasbek Kuttymuratov and many others who all share their memories and tell the story of the formation of Igor Savitsky as a collector and creator of the unique museum named after him in Nukus. The film presents a list of artists works saved by Igor Vitalievich: Nikolai Karakhan, Mikhail Kurzin, Alexander Nikolaev (Usto Mumin), Tansykbaev Ural, Mazel Ruvim, Benkov Pavel, Ufimtsev Viktor, Borovaya Nadezhda and many others. 


Igor Savitsky's fascination with the search for ancient treasures and his love of the avant-garde has resulted in the creation of one of the most unique art museums in the world, well worth visiting for anyone who is visiting  western Uzbekistan.  Nukus is only  a few hours drive north of Urgench, and for those who are staying in Khiva the museum can easily be visited on a day trip. For those that have more time there are a number of excellent hotels in Nukus allowing them to experience the unique culture and sights of Karakalpakstan.