A groundbreaking feat of filmmaking, Alexander Sokurov's amazing journey through 300 years of Russian art and history is the first ever feature to be shot in a single, unedited take - the ultimate director's cut. Magically transported to St Petersburg's Hermitage museum in the early 1700s, a contemporary filmmaker and a cynical 19th Century French diplomat become accomplices in an extraordinary voyage through Russia's turbulent past to the present day. As they explore the splendid corridors and salons of the Palace, the two men witness prominent historical figures enacting startling scenes from the Tsarist Empire. Digitally shot with a state-orf-the-art high definition steadicam and featuring a masterfully orchestrated cast of 2,000, 'Russian Ark' is destined to stand as a defining moment in cinema history.
Great intro to Russian history
- Russian Ark review by AD
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I really enjoyed this and would reccomend it to anyone who is interested in Russian history and the relationship between Russia and the West. It can be a bit hard to follow at times but then again it was all shot at the same time. A great introduction to Russia's history, wealth, art, music etc.
What a fantastic visual delight. I must say I wasn't expecting to enjoy this film so much but it is utterly captivating. We are so used to watching films that jump between scenes and points of view of the camera that it is quite a strange experience to see a whole film glide effortlessly before your eyes. The whole effect is dreamlike. The performances are great, the costumes wonderful and the location stunning. Makes me want to go to St Petersburg!