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A French marquis (Sergei Dreiden) wanders through a vast labyrinth of corridors, theaters and ballrooms at a reception for a Persian ambassador.
It made Eisenstein turn in his grave but this so-called stunt, shot in an unbroken take via digital steadicam, has considerably more to offer. A guided tour through one of the greatest museums in the world, the film is quite literally akin to travelling back in time, more specifically through the past three centuries of glorious Russian history and how it has come to be interpreted within the context of the nation's larger European identity. It's a demanding film for sure but those who stay with it will be rewarded at the end.
my only complaint: a bit too much montage
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.
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,…
I think I admired its overall craft far more than I actually enjoyed watching it. On a technical level it's an absolute feat but I don't think I really loved actually watching it. But I can't deny what a complete masterful work it is from on objective standpoint sooo...
I wonder how often the docents at that museum have to stop people from sniffing the art now.
در بازبینی هم نظرم رو جلب نکرد.مسحور کننده از نظر بصری و فرمی اما به هیچ عنوان نمیتونم به جهان سوخوروف نزدیک بشم
there is a strange undercurrent of threat or dread running through this movie, largely because of the sound design. it's like the start of a horror film where all cues point towards some horrifying danger. but of course, we know what comes after in russia's history, so this is appropriate
Technically impressive, and beautiful costumes and location. I found my mind wandering in the second act, but the beginning and end are gorgeous and affecting.
sokurov who gave u the right
Mέσω ενός αδιάσπαστου, μιαμισάωρου, ονειρικής υφής μονοπλάνου και με τη βοήθεια ενός αόρατου αφηγητή-φαντάσματος, ο Σοκούροφ μας ξεναγεί σε όλους τους χώρους του αχανούς μουσείου Ερμιτάζ, αλλά και στα 300 χρόνια της ιστορίας του. Όπως όλες οι ταινίες του δημιουργού, δεν θα ικανοποιήσει τόσο αυτούς που εκτιμούν τα θεατρικά όσο εκείνους που θέλγονται από τα εικαστικά στοιχεία του κινηματογράφου.
It was cool in theory, but the actual film was a big boring and slow in actuality. Really gorgeous though.
Before there was Victoria, the recent film about a Spanish woman who gets caught up in a heist after a night out, a film that was made in one shot, there was Russian Ark. Filmed in a single 96 minute shot with a steadicam, which was and is grounding breaking. Using over 2,000 actors and 3 live orchestras, the film was shot at the Winter Palace of the Russian State Hermitage Museum, using 33 rooms.
The technical side of the film, planned and the actually filming over power the actual story which there is none. An unamed narrator, presumed to be a ghost and his companion, named 'the European', who he meets by chance wander around the rooms, sometimes interacting…
innovative means of cinematic meditation and,
thus, freshly developed processes of perception.
inspired by Michelle Arf's 'New Ideas for Film'…
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