Russian Ark
Essential Russian Cinema
Russia 2002, 99 min, Digital, Dir: Aleksandr Sokurov
Russian with English subtitles
  • Saturday January 31, 2015 at 7:00PM
  • Sunday February 1, 2015 at 4:15PM
  • Wednesday February 4, 2015 at 7:00PM

The subject of Sokurov’s film is no less than three centuries of Russian history. It consists of one unbroken shot lasting the entire length of the film as a camera glides through the Hermitage, the repository of Russian art and history in St. Petersburg. In the process we not only observe the art, we witness many visitors who came to the Hermitage over the years. Our host is the Marquis, a French nobleman who will wander through the art and the history as we follow him, presents to us the grand sweep of Russian history before the Revolution, and a glimpse of the grim times afterwards. Reminiscent of the long, long single takes characteristic of Tarkovsky’s films, the point is not the action itself, but its duration and continuity. (Roger Ebert)

FILM ARTICLE "The prolific Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov has composed a cinematic love letter to the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, the "ark" in which Russia's elite cultural identity has been preserved more or less inviolate from the calamities of the 20th century..”- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Rating: General (G)

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