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Russian Ark (Russki Kovcheg)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:December 13, 2002
Running time:96 minutes
Cast:Sergei Dontsov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy, David Giorgobiani, Aleksandr Chaban
Director:Aleksandr Sokurov
Producer:Andrei Deryabin, Jens Meuer, Karsten Stöter
Writer:Boris Khaimsky, Anatoli Nikiforov
Distributor:Wellspring Media

Description: 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 Russian history--is the ark of the Russian soul, guarding it affectionately until the world sees better days.

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