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History of the Arkanar Massacre
Directed by Aleksei German
Produced by Lenfilm
Written by Aleksei German
Svetlana Karmalita
Starring Leonid Yarmolnik
Country  Russia
 Czech Republic
Language Russian

History of the Arkanar Massacre (Russian: История арканарской резни, translit. Istoriya arkanarskoy rezni) is a Russian science fiction film directed by Aleksei German. Based on the novel Hard to Be a God by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

Filming processed since autumn 2000 (Czech Republic) up to August 3, 2006 (Lenfilm studios, Saint Petersburg, Russia). Now it is in the editing and montage process.

Film was reported to be renamed recently to the History of the Arkanar Massacre (Russian: История арканарской резни).[1] The press was also mentioned alternative title The Carnage in Arkanare,[2] and a film script published under the title "What said the tobacconist from Tobacco Street".



On another planet, which goes through its Middle Ages, a group of historians from Earth live pretending to be average people. The main character, known as Don Rumata, is disgusted by cruelties he observes on everyday basis but is prohibited by his superiors from interfering and thus changing the natural course of history of the planet. The only thing the historians have a right to do is to protect and help few individuals who seem to be different from everybody else and can benefit the entire planet through their knowledge and ideas. Rumata has to find one of these people, Budakh, and rescue him from the hands of Don Reba, a grey cardinal ruling for a weak king and later, an insane tyrant.


  • Leonid Yarmolnik - Don Rumata
  • Dmitri Vladimirov
  • Laura Pitskhelauri
  • Aleksandr Ilyin - Arata
  • Yuri Tsurilo - Don Pampa
  • Yevgeni Gerchakov - Budakh
  • Aleksandr Chutko - Don Reba
  • Oleg Botin - Bucher
  • Pyotr Merkuryev



  • German, Aleksei; Svetlana Karmalita (2006) (in Russian). «Что сказал табачник с Табачной улицы» и другие киносценарии. St. Peterburg: Amfora; Seans. pp. 720. ISBN 5-367-00232-3.  

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