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…
Never rises above the gimmick of its (admittedly impressive) one-take set-up. It's forgettable in nearly every other way.
a wonderful kind of melancholic sadness underneath the pictures,
out of time, outside of its century, in between an old Russia and a disappeared European way of thinking
part three of short personal sequence-shot-movies-analysis-revival and maybe already the finish. not in the mood for rewatching Rope or an old DePalma (which I love) or Frenzy or Taxi Driver. Or Warhol's Empire or Sleep...
Sometimes it seems so hard to write about a movie, but what when do not usually recognize is that some films overwhelm the concept of writing. Maybe such an amazing piece of art could be better described by a poet, however as I'm not in the position of a poet I can only say that this movie brings out both the Beauty of Art and the Art of Beauty.
The unstuck-in-time aspect is the perfect way to view a museum trip, and my enjoyment of this movie will likely grow by leaps and bounds as I learn more about Russian history. The technological feats of this single Steadicam shot are astounding, so I know I've got the aesthetics on my side.
Good idea + good execution + terrible screenplay + awful entertainment.
Russian Ark tries to be smart (and maybe is), but more than clever, Russian Ark is empty and redundant.
Tries to lead you to a wonderful place with bright and interesting stories, but after all, everything you feel was sleep and boredom.
Technically, Russian Ark is a brilliant film. Shot in one continuous take a la Hitchcock's Rope, it is astoundingly stunning. But unlike Rope, Russian Ark's continuous shot isn't constrained by film.
The camera embodies a wayward onlooker as he travels through time in Russian history. The film is even more impressive when you consider the costume design, choreography, and amount of extras that were involved......perfectly set for one continuous shot. The last 15 minutes really encapsulates this mind blowing production.
On an entertainment level, Russian Ark is a complete bore. Perhaps if you are a Russian history buff this will get your water hot. Otherwise, the film is like touring a museum. Every piece you see early on is intriguing and you want to know them in depth. But by the end of your tour, you are briskly browsing through the pieces of art.
Written a few years ago; posted at Aesthetics of the Mind:
Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2002) is not merely an exercise in technique; with the single take that comprises it, Russian Ark, perhaps more than any other film, illustrates film’s capacity to convey the presence of time and space within reality through image. It is Bazin’s dream come alive: the film is a molding of space, an imprint of duration, an expression of regeneration without relying on origination (something like what Malick does). As the camera conveys the viewer through space and time, a liberation of the highest kind is afforded; one becomes immersed in the dead world of things, permitted to omnisciently observe the reality of it.
All style and very little substance - but for this film that doesn't matter!
The sets, costumes, paintings and cinematography alone makes this a film worthy of your time!
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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