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.
my only complaint: a bit too much montage
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.
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…
The idea was an audacious one. A single take film encompassing three centuries of Russian artistic history sweeping along the halls of the Hermitage museum. An hour and forty minutes spent trapped in a dream world floating through the echoing halls of time. Technically the film is a triumph, a marvel of choreography and design shot with breathtaking confidence.
The eye focuses in on the gimmick looking to see if it is really true, that such scale can be captured without cutting corners and it's clear that Sokurov achieves what should be impossible. There have been a number of notable long one-take sequences over time that have been lauded for technical prowess but nothing that can compare to this.
"Look. The sea is all around. And we are destined to sail forever, to live forever."
A stunning meditative reflection on art, progress, and history captured through a continuous, uninterrupted take like a single breath or flow of time. I am currently still processing it all, but I can say that this film absolutely captivated me. Unlike the indulgent use of the continuous take in Birdman, "Russian Ark" is truly a historic achievement that will be remembered and discussed by many generations because it offers more than just a technical achievement.
What to do when time stops running in a straight line? A cut - any time a shot changes, really - in film is essentially a means of destructing linear time, hence Russian Ark's narrative fixation on broken time as portrayed through unbroken formality is really interesting.
Much has been said about Sokurov’s sweeping mirage of Russian art, history, and cultureㅡthe 2002 film, Russian Ark. The scope of its achievement is quite known. Three hundred years of history is projected as Sokurov’s camera breathlessly wanders through the salons of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, swooping past two thousand actors who, in the film, are ghosts essential to fulfilling what Sokurov says he intends his film to be: “the flow of time in a single breath”. And in more ways than one, Russian Ark is just that, encapsulating time in a single, uninterrupted, ninety-minute sweep of the camera.
What draws me to the film, however, has little to do with whether Peter the Great or Nicholas II are…
το λιγοτερο ειναι οτι ειναι ενα αρκετα δεξιοτεχνικο πειραμα οπου σκηνοθετης καμεραμαν και ηθοποιοι δινου ρεστα αλλα το μεγαλο κακο ειναι οτι χανεται η συνεχεια της ροης αρκετες φορες και θελεις ενα τυφλοσουρτη τι σκατα παιζει, απο την αλλη ειναι μια απιστευτη παρουσιαση του μουσειου που ειναι συγκλονιστικο και δεν αφηνει περιθωρια για γκρινια, στα 100 λεπτα τραβαει την παρανοια λιγο παραπανω και χρειαστηκε να το δω δευτερη φορα γιατι ξεραθηκα στον υπνο στην πρωτη (επισης ναι ειναι ταινια για να ξεραθεις στο λεπτο, κατι το σουρεαλ στησιμο των "περαστικων", κατι οι πινακες ,κατι το μονοπλανο σε στελνει στον μορφεα καρφι αν εισαι κουρασμενος).
Δεν καταλαβαινω γιατι δεν κανουν κατι παρομοιο και αλλα μεγαλα μουσεια, θα ηταν εξαιρετικα ενδιαφερον και ισως κατι που θα μπορουσε να δει καποιος που δεν εχει και την ικανοτητα να δει αυτα τα μερη.
Become a ghost and roam the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg.
Whispering. Perception of time, itself, has died. With the point of view of a man who has recently passed away, one softly sways around and within the nooks and crannies of the palace alongside a strange man. Admiring art, sculptures, Russian culture, and occasionally running into figures of different time periods- at times a princess, queen, or emperor. Let us not forget the haunting and resonating composition of music which questions the reality the audience.
Perhaps a more sophisticated and artful version of Disney's Haunted Mansion ride which redefines the abilities of cinema.
In one word, this film ... it is truly haunting.
I appreciate the ambition of shooting a 90-minute movie with one take. And in trying to encapsulate a couple centuries of Russian history. I suspect I would have liked it better had I been familiar with Russian history. I'm not. And a number of scenes meant nothing to me, because I don't know who some of the characters were or were supposed to be.
Bad movies can be really difficult to make too.
This movie is a first-person film shot in one take across the entire runtime. The character moves throughout a chronologically non-linear version of St. Petersberg's Winter Palace. The location, costuming and overall production is top-notch, with sensational color and lighting. The story is a bit frustrating at the get go, but likely intentionally so, as I found my disorientation mimicked that of the lead character and consequently my feelings resolved in a satisfying way. The movie is eerie but lovely and I really enjoy both of those feelings happening at once. Unfortunately, having one continuous take is exhausting and I wish that I had watched this movie more awake than I was. It wasn't until the livelier second half that I perked up again. Also, this is the type of experience that would be wonderfully served by VR and I look forward to experience an adaptation of this on that format if it is possible.
I'd probably get more out of this if I knew more about Russian history, but I love the idea of history being told geographically within a single locale, rather than chronologically. I'm not even sure it needs all the stuff about art, which are the weakest segments of the film and don't really teach us much about art, anyway (though I do like the blind woman). I still feel like the ball goes on too long -- I manage to stave off antsiness until this scene comes along to defeat my efforts -- but the ending is stunning enough to make up for it. Now someone needs to make French Ark, set in the Louvre.
This is my personal counter-list to YouTube reviewer Chris Stuckmann's selections from his book The Film Buff's Bucket List. I…
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