From a misty night into the dark exposition rooms of a museum to ponder philosophically at paintings by 'Pieter Jansz Saenredam', 'Hercules Pieterszoon Seghers', Hendrikus van de Sande ... See full summary »
Aleksander Sokurov brings the treasures of the Hermitage back into the light by making films about artists and their paintings. He has chosen the painter Hubert Robert, who spent a long ... See full summary »
From a misty night into the dark exposition rooms of a museum to ponder philosophically at paintings by 'Pieter Jansz Saenredam', 'Hercules Pieterszoon Seghers', Hendrikus van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Andreas Schelfhout, Vincent van Gogh, Pieter Bruegel, Charles Henri Joseph Leickert. Written by
This was the most beautiful movie I've seen in a long time. It's only 46 minutes, and it's part of a series of "Elégies" by Sokurov. In a dream-like atmosphere, the narrator is taken in a trip without knowing the purpose or the destination. Most of the film is made of the images he is seeing, and the thoughts he's having along the way. Maybe this is life, itself.
It's only fair to say that most of my colleagues, which I urged to see the movie, were disappointed. It's not a linear movie, with a definite story. Actually, this is one of the things I liked!
I've seen this movie as part of the 25th Sao Paulo International Film Festival, and was, by far, the one I liked the best. Extremely beautiful, very moving. For me, anyway...
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