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Bells from the Deep (1993)

Glocken aus der Tiefe - Glaube und Aberglaube in Rußland (original title)
What is faith and religion to Russians after the fall of communism? We get the insight into the Russian Orthodox church as well as different folk and shamanic beliefs.

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Werner Herzog

Writer:

Werner Herzog
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Werner Herzog ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Hitch Anna Hitch ... Self
Vissarion Vissarion ... Self
Yuri Yurievich Yurieff Yuri Yurievich Yurieff ... Self
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What is faith and religion to Russians after the fall of communism? We get the insight into the Russian Orthodox church as well as different folk and shamanic beliefs.

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"Freaks and cultists in Russia"
3 December 2008 | by trupodurSee all my reviews

Sorry but as a Russian I can't perceive this seriously. With all my respect to Herzog it's NOT a true depiction of Russian faith and superstitions but rather a Borat-like comedy disguised as a highly objective and free from personal opinions documentary report.

If this movie has made you think that people like notorious exorcist Wisard Vasilyev, self-declared messiah Vissarion etc. are of any importance for the general Russian public then, well, you ought to consider imaginary movie called e.g. "Faith and superstitions in US" shot with a camera which thoughtfully dwells on ceremonies by Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Charles Manson.

Extremely tendentious and pretentious "Bells from Deep" can't be recommended to anybody except Russians: in their eyes it definitely deserves 10/10 for campiness (and BTW poses a question about relevance of other Herzog's ethnographic movies).


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Release Date:

7 September 1993 (Italy) See more »

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Bells from the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia See more »

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