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Russian Ark [Anniversary Edition] [DVD] [2002]

  • SKU: 21929264
  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • Rating: NR

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    Special Features

    • In One Breath (2003, 43 min,), a documentary about the making of Russian Ark
    • Includes cast and crew interviews
    • Theatrical trailer


    Russian Ark
    Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russian Ark. It's the first feature-length narrative film shot in a single take (on digital video, using a specially designed disc instead of tape). Russian Ark is shot from the point-of-view of an unseen narrator, as he explores the museum and travels through Russian history. The audience sees through his eyes as he witnesses Peter the Great (Maksim Sergeyev) abusing one of his generals; Catherine the Great (Maria Kuznetsova) desperately searching for a bathroom; and, in the grand finale, the sumptuous Great Royal Ball of 1913. The narrator is eventually joined by a sarcastic and eccentric 19th century French Marquis (Sergey Dreiden), who travels with him throughout the huge grounds, encountering various historical figures and viewing the legendary artworks on display. While the narrator only interacts with the Marquis (he seems to be invisible to all the other inhabitants), the Marquis occasionally interacts with visitors and former residents of the museum. The film was obviously shot in one day, but the cast and crew rehearsed for months to time their movements precisely with the flow of the camera while capturing the complex narrative, with elaborate costumes from different periods, and several trips out to the exterior of the museum. Tilman Büttner, the director of photography, was responsible for capturing it all in one single Steadicam shot. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sergei Dreiden
      Sergei Dreiden - The Stranger
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      Maria Kuznetsova - Catherine II the Great
    • Leonid Mozgovoy
      Leonid Mozgovoy - Spy
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      David Giorgobiani - Orbeli
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      Maksim Sergeyev - Peter the Great

    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      SUPERB a must see for students of Russian history!


      Historical Content - Significant People - Master Works of Art - View of The Grand Museum. A wonderful movie, seen from the camera lens as if the viewer is floating through a crowd of historical figures and events.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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