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.
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