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Russian Ark: Anniversary Edition

Russian Ark: Anniversary Edition

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Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (THE SUN) broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russian Ark. It's the first feature-length narrative film shot in a single take (on digital video, using a specially designed disc instead of tape). Russian Ark is shot from the point-of-view of an unseen narrator, as he explores the museum and travels through Russian history. The audience sees through his eyes as he witnesses Peter the Great (Maksim Sergeyev) abusing one of his generals; Catherine the Great (Maria Kuznetsova) desperately searching for a bathroom; and, in the grand finale, the sumptuous Great Royal Ball of 1913. The narrator is eventually joined by a sarcastic and eccentric 19th century French Marquis (Sergey Dreiden), who travels with him throughout the huge grounds, encountering various historical figures and viewing the legendary artworks on display. While the narrator only interacts with the Marquis (he seems to be invisible to all the other inhabitants), the Marquis occasionally interacts with visitors and former residents of the museum. The film was obviously shot in one day, but the cast and crew rehearsed for months to time their movements precisely with the flow of the camera while capturing the complex narrative, with elaborate costumes from different periods, and several trips out to the exterior of the museum. Tilman Bnttner, the director of photography, was responsible for capturing it all in one single Steadicam shot.

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    Title: Russian Ark: Anniversary Edition
    Genre: Drama, Foreign-Russian
    Starring: Alexandr Chaban, Sergei Dreiden, Sergey Dreiden, Maria Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy, David Giorgobiani, Alexander Chaban, Maxim Sergeyev
    Director: Alexander Sokurov
    Attributes: Anniversary Edition
    Release Date: 11/19/2013
    Original Year: 2002
    Product Type: Blu-ray
    Rated: NR
    Catalog #: 1116
    UPC: 738329111625
    Item #: 849066X

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 11/19/2013
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 95 minutes
    Studio: Lorber Films (Kino)

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