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
"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,…
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…
Beautifully shot. But the movie would be on par with a tour of the museum.
Sokurov understands the lyrical, dreamlike atmosphere that a single, uninterrupted shot would evoke and smartly plays into that with several breaks in the fourth wall and intelligent commentary on the nature of history and how, even if we are to live on forever through it, we must always look to the future for the sake of even grander accomplishments. The fact that this film was made at all is an incredible feat on its own, but the intellectual and existential depth that Sokurov endues in the project is what truly makes the work a masterpiece and landmark in the history of cinema.
7/30 in the 30 countries 2015 challenge.
So, I'm way behind in this challenge (it is the 20th as I'm writing this), I've got 11 days to watch 23 films so I really need to speed up if I'm going to finish this.
Anyway, Russian Ark was very disappointing for a few of reasons, firstly the incredibly distracting audio dubbing. In my opinion the film wasn't worth doing in one take without having the audio being recorded as they shot it. The immersion added by filming in one take was all but lost when you see someones voice out of sync with their mouth. Another problem I had was how boring it was, with the exception of a…
March Around the World | #12 - Russia
Not my cup of tea at all.
Maybe there's something lost in translation here or maybe I'm not culturally in tune with what the film is trying to say, but I just found the whole thing incredibly dull, and for all the film's visual beauty, it was so jarring that all of the dialogue was so obviously and painfully dubbed over.
While there's absolutely no doubting it's a technical achievement, consisting of one 90-minute shot that beautifully weaves around a grand looking Russian palace, for me there was far too much focus on putting together a tightly choreographed, artistic piece rather than giving any thought to narrative.
March Around the World #6 (Russia)
I love cinematic experiences. I love how a director can sometimes take the technology of filmmaking and create something that can't be found in any other medium. These films push the boundaries and begin to take on the form of transcendence, by showing us something truly unique and memorable. This film achieves exactly that.
Just the information about the making if this film is fascinating itself. The camera, in one unbroken shot that lasts through the entire film, glides through the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the museum for Russian art, capturing centuries of Russian history. Because the director, Sokurov, knew this museum would only be given to him for one day, carefully rehearsed with…
If you've heard about this film, then I'm sure it's because of its technical triumph - even more so with the release and accolades of Birdman. Innaritu's film is very different from Russian Ark, however, because:
- the single take isn't real (nevertheless impressive like Hitchcock's Rope is) yet Ark's shot isn't tricked;
- Russian Ark is an elegant and slow moving feature in contrast to the best picture winner's rather erratic mood.
Both are pretty superb.
Russian history is not my field of expertise - I've only read 10% of War and Peace and have simply read about some 20th Century history of the country, in order to understand a film's…
Holy wow, this movie completely knocked me on my ass. It made me really dizzy, too. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful this film was, both as an experience and as a piece of genuine art. Aleksander Sokurov manages to illicit a dream state from the get-go, and the journey throughout the film is absolutely whimsical.
A really incredible film filled with movement and charm and most of all, beauty. Shot in a single take with something like 2,000 actors and three full orchestral performances, Russian Ark is a guided tour of the Winter Palace and Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg Russia, cycling through different time periods in its 300-year history, placing the 1st person POV narrator and the delightful character of "The European" anywhere from the court of Catherine the Great to the modern day, where they interact with museum visitors in character as 18th century travelers. Just a beautiful film that shows off how fun and magical movies can be.
To say that I've actually ENJOYED it would be a presumptuous lie. But, I got to say it is probably the most interesting and impressive film I've seen in the last year.
Even though it's a tough watch, I've got to say that this is a must see.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…