All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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.
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.
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…
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…
Russian Ark combines three of my favourite things: long takes, the Hermitage and period dramas. Still, for some reason I wasn't feeling it at all. It's not even the movie's fault but the last one-shot film I watched, Fish and Cat, was absolutely brilliant and raised my expectations a lot. The narrator annoyed me pretty quickly and as much as I love art and history, it's awfully boring to watch people talk about paintings and glimpses of Russian history for 90 minutes.
Props for (1) being the first to try it (from beginning to end) and (2) doing it so beautifully. Is it necessary? There's no such thing as "necessary" in matters of technique/style. What does it do? What does it add? In Russian Ark, the unbroken shot extends the reverie, intensity, and irreality of a dreamy waltz through museum halls and chambers. It emphasizes and maintains interrelations spanning not only the spaces within (and just outside of) the museum but also the eras through which the museum has survived. And survival is key to the film, as the Hermitage acts as a synecdoche of Russia itself, as perhaps the Marquis stands as France or Europe itself.
From the perspective of 2016,…
Sightseeing without a trip and an entrance fee... can't complain.
2014 movie viewings, #21. A truly one-of-a-kind film, this is a documentary on the history of Russia's Hermitage Museum, but one that hired 800 extras to appear in period costumes from the 1700s through 2000s, so to act out various scenes throughout history as a digital camera on a Steadicam rig floats through the rooms in one long 90-minute unbroken take (so in one room, for example, a ballroom dance from the 1800s might be taking place, from back when this was the Tsar's palace during Russia's imperial years, but then in the next room a 21st-century populace might be strolling through an art gallery). Mesmerizing and unforgettable, this says just as much about how Russians unblinkingly approach the subject of cultural history as it does about the Hermitage itself.
wtf is this where is hardcore henry
Day 204 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 30: Comrade Comrade
In honour of Vladimir Lenin's 146th birthday.
Showcasing roughly three hundred years of Russian history, Russian Ark is an ambitious film not only in its scope but its technical achievement.
A never seen narrator arrives at a party at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. Following a group of soldiers and ladies inside, the narrator navigates his way not only through the palace but through Russian history. With each room we enter, a new period in time is revealed, though not always in chronological order. Finally escaping the palace, we find ourselves to be surrounded by water with the Winter Palace acting as a literal…
This work a lot better when you see it on a big screen.
what a ride!
I have to confess that I felt sleepy in the end, but even so this movie is quite a ride. One has to imagine how it worked doing it in only one shot.
Also, I got some references to Russian history, but I know that I lost many of them for sure, which makes me a little bit frustrated. This must be even better to Russians, or Russian history connoisseurs. Also I was hoping to see Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov and even Eisenstein and Tarkovsky maybe. Maybe some day there's an Ark about Russian literature and cinema ...
I made reference to this Alexander Sokurov's digital one-shot wonder in this attempted think piece about long takes for Movie Mezzanine.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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