Comfortable and Furious

Russian Ark (2002)

Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov

Matt Preaches to the choir

What: The film Russian Ark, directed by master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, featuring a 95-minute, single, continuous, unbroken shot and an unofficial “tour” of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Who: You, the average American filmgoer.

Where: Cities and towns with an artistic bent, independent theater chains, and screens refusing to compete with The Hulk or The Matrix Reloaded.

Why: An opportunity to ponder Russian art, fashion, and architecture while analyzing czarist Russia in contrast with the Stalinist era; to marvel in cinematic risk and boldness; to admire the audacity of shooting a film in a single take; to think deeply while being blown away by beauty and glorious imagery.

The Result: Empty theaters, indifference, deathly silence.

Now get the fuck out of here and go watch Lord of the Rings for the 388th time.



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One response to “Russian Ark (2002)”

  1. Goat Avatar

    Russian Ark is a masterpiece, and a must-watch for any serious cinephile. I own a copy.

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