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Documentary by Andrei Zagdansky 2004

2:41 min | Excerpt from a feature documentary "Konstantin and Mouse"
a.k.a. "Костя и Мышь" by Andrei Zagdansky режиссер Андрей Загданский © 2006 AZ Films llc

MORE: VASYA is a 2002 American documentary film written, directed and produced by Andrei Zagdansky. The film tells the story of Russian underground artist Vasily Sitnikov, who was declared insane in early 1940s by the Soviet authorities. A man without a passport, in and out of mental asylums, he was the key and often "larger than life" figure of the nonconformist art movement in the Soviet Union. In 1975 fearing prosecution and another involuntary commitment to a mental asylum he immigrated to Austria and then to the United States. He died virtually unknown in 1987 in NYC. A number of prominent artists appear in the film, such as Dmitri Plavinsky Vladimir Titov, Kevin Clarke, poet and publisher Konstantyn K. Kuzminsky and art collector Norton Dodge, who has amassed one of the largest collections of Soviet-era art outside the Soviet Union.