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Russian Ark

Russian Ark
  • 2002
  • Russia/Germany
  • 96 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Alexander Sokurov
  • Written by: Anatoli Nikiforov, Alexander Sokurov
  • Cast: Sergei Dontsov
  • Language: Russian

Sokurov (Mother and Son) has always been a formalist par excellence. In this look at modern Russian history, Sokurov's camera passes through one room to another in a vast St Petersburg museum as history unfolds before us without a cut. Like the earlier one-take wonder, Mike Figgis' Timecode, this might achieve little dramatically; there's a limited emotional range at work here, as we follow the unseen director and his camera into different eras. Nevertheless, it's undeniably a seminal work.

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