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.
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…
"The sea is all around. And we are destined to sail forever, to live forever." ~ The Narrator
What an ambitious and beautiful event -- a single 96-minute Steadicam sequence that takes the viewer through the heights of Russian history and culture, using the State Hermitage Museum as its only set. It's nothing short of genius in its concept and execution, thanks to the vision of director Aleksandr Sokurov, who also gets credit as one of the writers.
The film quite literally revolves around the perception of a nameless, unseen narrator-observer (Sokurov himself) as he travels through time via the halls, vestibules, chambers, galleries, grounds and inner sanctums of the museum's sprawling Winter Palace. It is a metaphorical journey, in…
Museum Simulator 2002
Aleksandr Sokurov's magnum opus—an unbroken hour-and-a-half Steadicam shot that weaves through the rooms of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, adopting the perspective of a time traveler (Sokurov, uncredited) who has become lost in Russian history. Part essay film, part historical pageant, the film alternates past glories with periods of hardship—a cyclical sense of culture that's central to Russian nationalism, and Sokurov's work. A radical piece of conservative art.
When I first sat to watch Russian Ark, I was afraid it would be a "gimmick movie", that its only strength would be that it was shot in a single take. While much of the enjoyment here consists basically of gasping at the fact this ever got made (not only because of the one-take thing, but also because of the sheer amount of actors and the absurd production values and attention to detail), it also easily transcends that and becomes astonishing in that it's the most earnestly nostalgic movie I've watched since, like... ever?
Despite running on an idea which seems perfect for a didactic walkthrough of russian history - it is, after all, filmed at the Hermitage Museum in…
More a visual experience that a coherent film but still gloriously over the top.
Beautiful images. The first-person continuous take is expertly done and gave me an unmatched sense of actually being there.
Russian ark is the kind of dream you would have in a deep sleep that leaves you in thought and sadness. It is surreal, makes statement on art and culture, and the idea of immortality through the medium of art.
4.0/5.0 = Amazing
To call Russian Arc spectacular would be an understatement. It's lucid, abstract, highly experimental and masochistically ambitious. Merely the fact that this project was attempted is impressive enough, but the fact that it was pulled off without any trickery is an even greater testament to the skill of every individual involved.
Logistically, Russian Ark must have been a biblical nightmare, but when watching the final product, it's strikingly beautiful to watch hundreds of faces roam the opulent halls of the Hermitage museum in period costumes. The attention to detail is impeccable and the geographical scope that the camera tracks in its sweeping 99 minute oner is breathtaking.
What's even more fantastic, is that Russian Arc becomes exponentially…
While Russian Ark begins a little slowly and it takes a while for an audience to get its footing (and know what is going on), by film's end we have been given a truly masterful piece of cinema that is awe-some to behold and nearly unfathomable to comprehend.
Filmed with one long, continuous shot/take snaking through time and history as the camera enters the State Hermitage Museum/the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Russian Ark features " 2000 cast members, 3 orchestras, 33 rooms, 300 years, ALL IN ONE TAKE". Yes ... it is a feat and it is achieved beautifully.
There is little to the "story" of the film as it is about an unseen man who finds…
An amazing choreographic achievement. A 95 minutes single shot is hard enough to do, but by the final ballroom scene with thousands of extras, it is just remarkable.
But there really wasn't much of a movie to it. Maybe if I knew more Russian history, I could have understood the significance of the historical time periods being witnessed. As it was, it felt more like the greatest video tour of the St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…