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Russian Ark

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Russian Ark
Russian Ark
Alexander Sokurov, 2002
Sat, Apr 12, 2003 7 PM
Sat, Apr 12, 2003 9 PM
Fri, Apr 11, 2003 7 PM
"One of the most astonishing films ever made."--Roger Ebert, Chicago Tribune Director Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark is literally without precedent in film history. In a single shot lasting 96 minutes, Sokurov moves through 33 rooms and around mid-winter exteriors of the Hermitage at St. Petersburg in Russia, one of the world's largest museums.

Accompanying this--the longest Steadicam shot in history--is an ongoing conversation between a contemporary off-screen narrator and an on-screen 19th-century French aristocrat. The two of them traverse centuries of czarist Russia as they move through the museum, encountering more than 2,000 costumed actors and extras, a full symphony orchestra, and, climactically, a stunning recreation of the Hermitage's last royal ball in 1913.

As the Village Voice notes, it's "a dazzling dance to the music of time." (96 mins.)

Josef Albers, Leaf Study IX, c. 1940Leaves on paper28 x 24 ¾ inches© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/ Artists Rights Society New YorkPhoto: Tim Nighswander/Imaging 4 Art

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