All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
A French marquis (Sergei Dreiden) wanders through a vast labyrinth of corridors, theaters and ballrooms at a reception for a Persian ambassador.
Filmed entirely in one-take, Russian Ark is a fantastical and sweeping look at Russian history aided with a sense of aching melancholy and lost memories, slowly floating away into the deadening atmosphere of crumbling civilization.
I admire it more than I actually enjoyed it, but man, that climax is a knockout. It makes you feel really really really sad, but in a good way. Kinda.
my only complaint: a bit too much montage
Its technical achievement is stupendous: 95 minutes, one shot. What it manages to say in that 95 minutes may be even greater as it manages to capture the ideas of life, existence, art, death, history being in the past, moving on, moving forward all within its images, camera movements, and dialogue between our unshown narrator and the man in black guide. It's a extraordinary film, one that deserves to rank amongst the greatest in cinema for its technical mastery which matches its grandiose representation of ideas. This is what great film/art is about.
"One of the most astonishing films ever made"...Roger Ebert 2003. After reading that review...Russian Ark made it to the top of my "must watch movie list". It took awhile to track this one down, but when I did I eagerly put the movie into the DVD player....and after about 40 minutes I was so bored with the movie that I turned it off. Well almost a decade later...I revisited the movie and this time I got all the way through the movie.
The movie is about two men....one seen, the other only heard, who travel through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounter historical figures from the last 200+ years. The story in the movie was still a challenge for…
Anti-Eisenstein masterpiece for the modern era which main concept is derived from "L'hypothèse du Tableau Volé" (1979), in which we step on the shoes of an unseen, confused wanderer whose past memoirs start slowly to be recovered through Platonic reminiscence, and a visible, conscience-like figure dressed in black, quite possibly symbolizing the darkness of the blurred memory. Seen in that way, the ending makes perfect sense, from the moment that the guy dressed in black decides to "stay", to the final minute with the spoken conclusion. Meanwhile, we are displayed more than two complete centuries of culture, mainly through reflections, surreal interactions with the dreamlike inhabitants and the jaw-dropping displays of the museum, which is the central point, that is,…
Day #5 in my It's a Large World After All Challenge (AKA 30 Days, 30 Countries). Country: Russia
My parents used to try to take me to museums at a very young age. I ended up hating them because I was forced to stare at paintings I didn't understand, from artists I had never heard of. I just wanted to play with my gameboy, and these stupid drawings were keeping me from it. There was no question of the pure craftsmanship that went into each and every piece of art given the honor to adorn the walls of the museum, but I didn't appreciate it. As time went on I have grown more appreciate of art and artists, and would…
By its very nature, some segments will appeal more than others but overall the experience is intellectually stimulating as well as a feast for the eyes. The ending is absolutely perfect. Sokurov has a complex understanding of Russia that feels both insider and outsider in its perception. Manages to be a highly intellectual experience without feeling like it completely. The experience of watching it feels like pure admiration rather than love but the themes, images and ideas make it a film to likely last with me.
Russian Ark is a very slow-paced film where pretty much nothing happens, which doesn't make it exactly entertaining, but that's about the one flaw the film has.
Still, without that pace the film wouldn't have the same effect and it'd probably be ruined. The fact that it was shot in one take, the narrator and how little attention it pays to each historical character it's exactly what gives the film its magical trait, almost as if someone had actually travelled in time and recorded all these people.
Beautifully shot, Russian Ark gives you a great sense of calmness and nostalgia that, depending on the viewer, can defeat almost entirely the 'boring' aspect of it.
A technical masterpiece with a self-reflexive dream of a narrative, Russian Ark is a fascinating, but ultimately inscrutable film for those without a comprehensive knowledge of Russian history and a penchant for esoteric art cinema.
Roommate Challenges May 2015: Russian Film
Well not much to say about this one. It's impressive that they did this in one shot and with only 3 takes. But of course the things done in editing takes some of that impressiveness away....
Overall I didn't find anything in the film to be amazing or heart warming. Nothing that touched me personally. What I did see was a gimmick without a real heart to it. Sad...
Maybe a little too sure of its own thematic brilliance, but Russian Ark is still a mesmerizing tale of ghosts and images. The way it pulls you into the smaller moments of its period-spanning narrative gives this great sense that you're experiencing it all first-hand; the separation of viewer and character is blurred, and that really allows you to get caught up in it all in a way few films (ESPECIALLY period dramas) allow you to. Worth a rewatch or six.
It’s not that Russian Ark reminds me of a dream I once had. It’s that it reminds me of every dream I’ve ever had.
Director Aleksandr Sokurov instills a nebulous, drifting detachment within the film, making the viewer an ethereal agent flowing through--yet not taking part in--random moments from Russian history. The movie plays out like a mystifying, transfixing tour filtered through a surreal haze, led by a guide who’s feeling introspective a couple hours after ingesting a heroic amount of mushrooms. At times it’s rambling and incoherent, at others exhilarating and astute, yet always fascinating. And, unlike a dream, you can rewind and re-experience all the crazy shit, thanks to the glory of Netflix Instant.
Of course, it’s impossible…
On December 23, 2001, a cast of over a thousand performers, under the leadership of director Alexander Sokurov and cinematographer Tilman Büttner, successfully pulled off one long take, an unbroken shot clocking in at over an hour and a half. Eat your heart out, Birdman. Through 33 rooms of the Russian State Hermitage Museum’s Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, a depiction of three centuries’ worth of Russian history and culture was acted out in that one long take, better known as Russian Ark. This is one of those projects were the method is a lot more impressive than the content therein. The idea is magnificent, and the results are the manifestation of pure artistic and technological skill, but the story that wraps around it is not very compelling or meaningful.
Review continued here: filmreviews12.com/2015/04/30/russian-ark-review/
"Sir. Sir. A pity you're not here with me. You would understand everything. Look. The sea is all around. And we are destined to sail forever, to live forever."
Film #9 (An Art House Film!) of my Scavenger Hunt Challenge!
Around the World in 80 Films #16
Port of Call: Russia
Iñárritu clearly missed this when researching how to do single-take films. No cheap tricks from Sokurov.
Two word review: One-shot wonder
beautifully shot, masterfully crafted and mind-bogglingly epic in proportion despite the sparse writing. Nonetheless, not the best watch for those unfamiliar with (or uninterested in) Russian history.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…