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Russian Ark (2002)

Russkiy kovcheg (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, History | 19 April 2003 (Russia)
A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Dreyden ...
The Stranger (The Marquis de Custine)
Mariya Kuznetsova ...
Leonid Mozgovoy ...
The Spy
Mikhail Piotrovsky ...
Himself (Hermitage Director)
David Giorgobiani ...
Orbeli
Aleksandr Chaban ...
Boris Piotrovsky
Lev Eliseev ...
Himself
Oleg Khmelnitsky ...
Himself
Alla Osipenko ...
Herself
Artyom Strelnikov ...
Talented Boy
Tamara Kurenkova ...
Herself (Blind Woman)
Maksim Sergeyev ...
Natalya Nikulenko ...
Elena Rufanova ...
First Lady
Yelena Spiridonova ...
Second Lady
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Storyline

An unseen man regains consciousness, not knowing who or where he is. No one seems to be able to see him, except the mysterious man dressed in black. He eventually learns through their discussions that this man is a 19th century French aristocrat, who he coins the "European". This turn of events is unusual as the unseen man has a knowledge of the present day. The two quickly learn that they are in the Winter Palace of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the European who has a comprehensive knowledge of Russian history to his time. As the two travel through the palace and its grounds, they interact with people from various eras of Russian history, either through events that have happened at the palace or through the viewing of artifacts housed in the museum. Ultimately, the unseen man's desired journey is to move forward, with or without his European companion. Written by Huggo

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2000 cast members, 3 orchestras, 33 rooms, 300 years, ALL IN ONE TAKE See more »


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19 April 2003 (Russia)  »

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El arca rusa  »

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Opening Weekend:

$29,022 (USA) (13 December 2002)

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$37,439 (USA) (22 November 2013)
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The snowy courtyard that Catherine II walked through in the movie was covered and full of tropical plants and animals from around the world when Catherine II lived there. This second floor courtyard is now filled with statues and lilac bushes. See more »

Goofs

Once (or maybe even twice) the honor guard of marching soldiers in fancy uniform are a little confused about which formation they should be in and which direction they should march. They seem to want to follow the European out the door, rather than marching a different direction to remain within the room. See more »

Quotes

Orbeli: Is something still troubling you? Is it the authorities? They want acorns without oak trees. They are not interested in knowing how to nurture the tree of culture, but it will be their doom if the tree falls. Then there will be nothing left. Can't they understand that?
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Referenced in Brows Held High: The Anatomy of Hell (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

King Arthur
Composed by Henry Purcell (as G. Persella)
Arranged and interpreted by Sergei Yevtushenko (as Sergey Yevtushenko)
Performed by The State Hermitage Orchestra
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9/10
16 February 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This documentary-type movie, done all in one long, unbroken take with a steadicam, has the camera basically hovering around a famous Russian museum for an hour and-a-half as the unseen film director (both by us and the others in the museum) makes comments, as if in a dream, and converses with a French, former diplomat from the 1800s. It's a mix of a museum tour, Russian history, and performance art -- Catherine the Great appears at one point, desperately looking for the toilet. I liked it because it's about the closest thing to a dreamstate you can get in film, something like the long tracking shots in Tarkovsky's movies; I didn't get a lot of the references to Russian historical figures, but it doesn't really matter. However, if you know Russian history, you may get extra enjoyment out of it and might latch onto the sarcastic bits better than I did. I think this is a real achievement; a perfect example of how style is substance. 9/10


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