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Russian Ark. - Sokurov
Reviews

From: JG
Category: Films
Date: 04 May 2003

Review

Famous for being a long single shot this film is a promenade around the Hermitage, respetctfuly looking at paintings and at architecture, and a big big big staged representation of moments of the history of St Petersburg. After finding all the money and the information for the big scenes, showing hundreds of people moving their bodies with utmost naturality, after preparing everything the least thing you think about is narrative, and there is none and at the same time there is all you may know of Russian history, the more you know the more you enjoy and share the melancholy of this director, apparently missing more glamourous times because "a country as big as Russia cannot be a republic". When leaving the cinema after watching Frida last week (which was not as bad as expected) I commented how little 'painting' you see on the film, -they animate some bad copies of Frida's work as if they were saying painting cannot compete with widescreen and motion... well, Russian Ark is not about painting or a painter and yet you do see painting, three or four details shown, three or four comments and the context of a museum charged with all the bad things museums can have, there you see the lonelines of this paintings and the eternal the eternal, that is the theme of the film, by the way.

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