Russian Ark
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Told in one fluid shot, a tale, which floats like a dreamlike journey through the spaces of the majestic Hermitage in St. Petersburg, engaging real and imagined characters from Russian and European history. The nameless protagonist, a 19th-century French diplomat, guides the audience through a lost, sumptuous dream--meant to be considered and experienced as the Enlightenment period. The film-staged among some of the masterpieces of the Western Art tradition--climaxes in a pageant of color, motion, and music. For Sokurov, the Hermitage--home to generations of Romonovs and repository of so much… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Part pageant and museum tour, part theme-park ride and historical meditation."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Might well be the first real masterpiece of the 21st Century."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Despite an undeniable attraction to the majestic, Aleksandr Sokurov seems equally adverse to straightforward spectacle, approaching potentially colossal subjects from odd, specific angles."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"A film geek's dream movie. 90 minutes, one take."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"It's a rich, complex, and mystery-filled journey through Russian art and history."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"This is as immersive-and as Shining-level spooky-as history gets."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A marvel of a film that makes the Hermitage its star."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's worth noting that the footage was manipulated ... in post-production, but this unbroken take still functions as a documentary record of an exceptional logistical feat."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"What is shown is ultimately less captivating than the manner in which it is shown."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"An audacious and insane experiment, a triumphant film."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"The movie's smooth voyage comes to seem like a dream play, suspended painlessly in time."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Village Voice
"This is a stunning film, a one-of-a-kind tour de force."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"[Characterizes] history as a large rush of information so huge, alive, and easy to get lost in that it would feel a shame if there existed nothing to give us a conduit to it."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Its technical bravura is impossible to deny. Even those whose knowledge of Russian history stems mainly from Sympathy For The Devil lyrics will find much to savor here."
‑ Andrew Wright, Portland Mercury
"Tras 12 minutos de escena de baile y orquesta, uno empieza a desear que los bolcheviques irrumpan en el palacio de una buena vez y empiecen a rodar cabezas."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
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