All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
A visually hypnotizing cinematic feat, RUSSIAN ARK is a spellbinding ode to St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum. Shot in one fluid take, the camera floats & careens through the lavish corridors of the museum, following the ghost-like narrator & The "Marquis" through different time periods and events, from the 1700s to the present, interacting with a period dressed cast of 867 actors.
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
"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…
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,…
I will return to this on a larger screen with more knowledge of russian history, but suffice it to say, my mind is blown. I haven't seen all the candidates yet but this is probably near the top of the most sumptuous movies ever made.
When people use the phrase 'tour de force' this is the thing they're referring to. None other exists or even comes close.
This is an incredible, beautiful film. Firstly, and most obviously, the technical aspect of its filming in a single shot is incredible, and that alone makes it worth a view for a serious film lover.
The ark will sail forever. History is not gone, it is not some static linear line of past and present, but instead is always with us. These people are dead, yes, but they live as long as we remember them. Past, present and future are one. Even in sadness there is beauty, in joy there is horror. Everything is connected.
Definitely a film I enjoyed, but it's very much an art film. It moves very slowly, there isn't exactly much plot or a lot in the way of characters. I would never think of recommending to the mass-market crowd. For the serious film lover, I think it's an absolute must see.
Incredibly interesting concept, but it relies too much on the audience having previous knowledge of Russian history. It's one-take approach really ties together the themes of the film, but I only realised this after I did some independent research after it was over. The movie was made for a small audience despite having the largest cast. Highlights: One-shot is dreamlike, themes explored (when understood) are heavy and impactfull.
Mesmerizing and captivating. Difficult to follow and at times a little slow, but beautiful and visually arresting. Inspired and creative filmmaking. The ending is glorious
Technically speaking this is a major achievement, one long shot lasting 95min, 800 figurines, several rooms, outside and inside shots, etc.
Apart from technicalities I had a mixed feeling about this. On one hand there are some very beautiful scenes (like the one in the cover) where the greatness of the Hermitage is at full display but some of the interactions between The Marquis and the commoners (and the narrator) felt a bit dull.
Como ahora están de moda los planos secuencia, aquí tenemos una que su plano secuencia dura 1 hora 35 minutos, vamos, toda la película. Un paseo por el hermitage hablando de la historia rusa.
"Russian Ark" is a monumental achievement in filmmaking -- a film shot in one take, with no cuts or edits, that attempts to bring to life pre-Bolshevik Russia via a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersberg.
And while I do have to say that this film is, by and large, more admired than enjoyed, it is highly watchable. We are taken on a first-person tour of Russian history, with two people from different times: the narrator behind the camera, a modern man dropped into the Russian past with the benefit of hindsight; and a French Marquis, an early-century European with no knowledge of -- and even slight disdain for -- Russian culture, history and art.
Un unico piano sequenza di un'ora e mezza, all'interno del museo Hermitage di San Pietroburgo, rende questo film una maestosa esperienza cinematografica, un sogno ad occhi aperti. Ma l'eleganza formale (strepitoso il ballo e la successiva uscita di scena finale delle mille comparse) gratifica lo sguardo ma non compensa la mancanza di una forma-racconto che illustri la carrellata di personaggi ed eventi, dipinti e sculture. Emerge, banalmente, una nostalgia dei "bei tempi andati", acuita dall'ultima inquadratura (che giustifica il titolo) e dall'epitaffio finale della voce narrante.
I think Russian Ark may have taken the record away from The Sacrifice for longest amount of time in total that it took me to watch a film - three attempts, & about six hours for the (blessedly) final attempt (I took a lot of breaks, obviously). I am so incredibly pleased with myself for having finally finished this insufferable film.
There is no question that this is quite an achievement in cinematic history. The single take is laudable & wonderfully choreographed, & the costumes & sets are mesmerizing & beautiful. But this can hardly be called a film! I mean, it just can't! Nothing happens. It's insufferably dull; & no, I didn't learn anything about Russian history from it. In fact, I believe I learned…
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…