Russian Ark

2000 cast members, 3 orchestras, 33 rooms, 300 years, ALL IN ONE TAKE

Director Aleksandr Sokurov brings this truely monumental moment of cinematography to fruition in a single shot. That's right: 96 minutes of film, all one shot, and get this, they did it on the second take, making Cameron Diaz's 20 shots to say "Is My Hair Alright?" seem a bit silly.

Set in the St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, the film covers 200 years of Russian history, and the legendary and real icons of those years. These pre-soviet years represent the Enlightenment in Russian history, an 'Ark' of poetry and art that has been all but lost through the starkly different Russia of the 20th century. The result is a unique view into the Russian people and their amazing past.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

88%

Genre:

Drama, Fantasy, History

Writer:

Boris Khaimsky, Anatoli Nikiforov, Svetlana Proskurina

Directors:

Aleksandr Sokurov

Leads:

Sergei Dontsov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Mikhail Piotrovsky, David Giorgobiani

Music:

Sergei Yevtushenko

Length:

99 minutes

Year:

2002

Country:

Russia/Germany

Language:

Russian

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