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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.
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.
You might know Russian Ark from passing mentions, ''that film that is shot entirely in one take'', that is how i found it, but despite having this gimmick, it does not rely on it, and conveys so much more than that.
Encompassing fantastic sets, cinematography, and art direction (Over 2000 actors and 3 orchestras make this a sight to behold alone) with profound narration combined with a simple and beautiful flow makes it an easy watch that pushes you quickly to forget you ever considered it to be a ''gimmick''.
I know very little about Russian history, so a lot of the story and references were lost on me, maybe they won't be on you.
We are destined to sail forever, to live forever.
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Dropping a full star from the last time I saw it, but I don't think my experience watching it changed that much. I still found this to be an intermittently engaging but mostly dull cinematic dark ride, with a lot of gorgeous scenery but content that either sails above my head or slides below my gut.
The one-take aesthetic is impressive, but I almost never get the sense that the camera had to be exactly where it was when it was, which to me is half the fun of these kinds of sequences.
"We are destined to sail forever."
My lord. One glorious shot. Seamless, perfect, and meaningful. Imagine falling asleep during one of your history lessons and dreaming about what your teacher is lecturing about. Containing an incredibly dreamy atmosphere, Russian Ark is literally a journey through time that opens on a rambunctious trip through an underground "play" and ends on a melancholy note that will leave you contemplating our place in the sea of time. Of course, I found myself confused at all the Russian tropes and times but I am guessing that on a more seasoned rewatch, I will understand more of what this film is trying to say.
If you're not blown away by this "one shot" film, I…
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,…
not quite the masterpiece it attempts to be, but singular enough that its evocative dream is worth whispering to, and witnessing, and breathing in.
This movie has an IMPRESSIVE 95 minute single shot. Yes you heard me, this whole film is one take.
Me: Hey man, you got a second?
Friend: Sure what's up.
Me: Just watching Russian Ark. You heard of that?
Me: Aw then you gotta come check out this awesome opening shot. It's pretty much what it's famous for.
*sees how long it takes before Friend leaves*
I watched this probably for the same reason that a lot of people have, because I heard that it consisted of a single long shot over 90 minutes. This is pretty ambitious by itself, but even apart from that the film feels like a grand undertaking with so many people and time periods included throughout. In this sort of experimental sense I think the film was a success, but I do think some watchability is sacrificed along the way. There are many times where the pace slows to a crawl and I felt my interest waning, and I think the pacing problems are due to them trying out the one shot thing. The film does a pretty good job of drawing you back in during these moments though, either with some beautiful sets or some fun interaction of the camera with the people around it. Definitely an interesting piece of work.
Stunning cinematic achievement has to be seen to be believed. An entire film, a little over an hour and a half, done in a single uninterrupted take. The film flows like a dream, which presumably it might be. On the other hand no other film ever made may delve more deeply into Russia's history as well as its national soul. But more than a dream that's an anti-statement against nationalism, this single take jumps between certain times and plays with the audiences notions of cinematic rules throughout. A little slow at first, but the film quickly attains a beautifully mysterious atmosphere and continues to reach utter sublime emotions.
An exhausting viewing but a required one for those who love movies.
Completely unique in every way.
Alexander Sokurov obviously learned nothing from the mistakes of the magnificently abysmal Ghost Dad. Rule no. 1: You have to make consistent ghost rules. Some people could see Bill Cosby's eponymous ghost dad, while others could not (in addition to other, more insane rule-bending).
The same goes for Russian Ark's ghosts, who become a distraction more than a useful plot device. Sometimes they can interact with their surroundings, other times not. Sometimes they incite fear; then, without missing a beat, the one ghost feels a woman up while looking at a painting. (That's a real scene in this movie.) For ghosts, they seem a hilariously interested in the material plates are made out of.
While Sokurov's film represents a landmark…
Exquisitely beautiful film. I fell asleep.
i just dont get it m8, no reflection on the film yeah, i just dont have a masters in russian art history yet. technical achievement yeah but sokurov would slap ya silly if that is the grounds upon which ya label it a masterpiece. tad impenetrable. dat technical achievement doe.
The technical wizardry of Alexander Sokurov’s 2002 film “Russian Ark” often overshadows its intellectual achievement.
“Russian Ark” is famous for being a 99-minute film done in one unbroken shot.
A spectral narrator, a French marquis, and other displaced time travelers tour the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Each section of the gallery gives way to another period of Russian history, stimulating discussions of religion, philosophy and art.
It’s a vivacious dance, and it even includes a literal one: a recreation of the Royal Ball of 1913. Sokurov has choreographed a parade of treasures, each more dazzling than the last.
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