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.
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…
Slideshow of various paintings and sculptures: The Movie
Nice cinematography and choreography from the actors, but gets boring quickly.
A film that seems often praised for its technical achievements above or to the exclusion of any other concerns, I actually found Russian Ark to be slightly lacking in that area. The extraordinary production feat Sokurov managed to perform in co-ordinating 2,000 actors and extras for a 90 minute single take in a real-life location is exceptional, no doubt. But the finished film created from that comes with sound that doesn’t always sync up in a satisfying way (you can tell it was recorded separately), and digital pictures that are pretty iffy throughout. Despite the beautiful location chosen and the commendable attention to detail clearly paid to the costume design, the film does not look particularly beautiful – the picture…
Russian Ark is a film about mainly some sort of dream like view on most of the russian history.
The main thing here is the way it was made, one take, the entire movie was made with no cuts and at that it makes a pretty fine job, it elevates it, especially in the last twenty minutes. The other thing is the sets and costumes, they look great, the place and the paintings on the wall, they all create a great atmosphere.
The acting is ok but kinda boring at times, the story isn't all that coherent, it is told in a dream/fantasy like scenario, they pass for various historic times meeting people like Zar Nicholas ll and Peter the Great, it's still nice to see that those famous figures, I think they totally should've shown people like Trotski, Lenin and Stalin.
It's a interesting movie but not meant for everyone, so it gets 3.5 stars
Intermittent rapture (especially during the final 20 minutes) balances out the more stultifying middle stretches. It's a brilliant idea, to be sure, and Sokurov's execution is technically marvelous, but it ends up feeling rather thin—thematic richness, reflections on history, art, etc. notwithstanding. The structure—which shuffles conventional chronology and strings scenes together with little more than the swirling camera: the disembodied viewer—creates a sense of being unmoored from time and place, leaving only the immediacy of the moment and everything that comes with it. It's a bold idea, but it works mostly thematically, limiting emotional involvement precisely because of the viewer's lack of footing. Might have a better opinion of this had I caught it in a theatrical setting, but that will have to wait. Still a fascinating experiment, though; just wish I felt more enthusiastic about it.
Hacia el final se me derretía la cara de tan maravilloso que era la escena del baile y la orquesta y el como se va la gente.
300 years of russian history coming alive in a single dreamlike 90-minute take, first-person narrated by a ghost who sometimes breaks the fourth wall and accompanied by an eccentric french aristocrat who serves as his tour guide. if that's not cool as hell, i don't know what is.
An exceedingly original portrait of one nation's heritage as well as an utterly extraordinary feat of craftsmanship to boot. A keen eye for the details and a view to remain grounded (despite the hermetic opulence of its setting) help to elevate this microcosmic master work above any sense of bias, historical misrepresentation, or acknowledged self-importance.
Una gita all'Ermitage di San Pietroburgo in costumi sontuosi e riflessioni esistenziali come nessuna guida turistica potrà mai regalarvi. Un miracolo del cinema compiuto grazie al meccanismo coreografico di costumi e comparse, dall'intuizione narrativa della soggettiva di un personaggio invisibile, e dalla sfida cinematografica del pianosequenza integrale, il tutto inserito nella scenografia gratuita e irripetibile di uno dei musei più ricchi e uno dei palazzi più belli del mondo. Una visione che ha una natura non cinematografica, ma teatrale, poetica, saggistica, artigianale e persino promozionale, eppure trova nel linguaggio cinematografico l'unico strumento possibile perchè questa visione esploda in tutto il suo potenziale.
Irripetibile, avremmo detto fino a qualche settimana fa. Ma adesso Sokurov ci ha riprovato al Louvre con Francofonia, e alla faccia dell'irripetibilità, pare ci sia riuscito di nuovo.
This felt like a cinematic lucid dream.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…