Russian Ark

Russian Ark (2002) an experimental movie directed by Alexander Sokurov. The film is shot entirely in the Winter Palace of the Russian State Hermitage Museum and it is a single take shot for 96 minutes. From that point of view, it is a substantial achievement. There are innumerable casts when the narrator and his interlocuter go from one room in the museum to another. Sokurov has tried to weave a pattern in these narratives through 200 years of Russian history, but in terms of story line, there is not much there. There are a few instances where Tsar Nicholas comes in, Catherine, Anastasia, and a few other characters. Beauty of the movie is in the camera work and cinematography which is brilliant to say the least. The costumes of the characters are all rich in history, so that must have taken a lot of the production budget.

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