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Russian Ark (2002)
"Russkiy kovcheg" (original title)

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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

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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19 April 2003 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

El arca rusa  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$75,925 (Australia) (9 May 2003)

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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 »

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Soundtracks

Mélodie antique française Op.39-16
(from "Album à la jeunesse")
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Piotr Chaikovsky)
Arranged and interpreted by Sergei Yevtushenko (as Sergey Yevtushenko)
Performed by The State Hermitage Orchestra
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Stunning, haunting, fascinating
23 December 2004 | by (Faulconbridge, NSW Australia) – See all my reviews

This is, without a doubt, the most visually, and in some respects, emotionally, beautiful film I have ever had the privilege to see. WOW! Alexander Sokurov has proved himself one of the greatest artistic directors of the age in this enthralling journey through Russian history, society and culture. As a viewer, I was emotionally overcome by the simultaneously melancholic, frenetic and enigmatic atmosphere. The actors are fantastic all-round, the script is flawlessly coherent, the cinematography is unparalleled, and it goes without saying that the scenery is nothing short of jaw-dropping.

A powerful and moving insight into a beautiful, complex and tragically misunderstood culture.

Artistic perfection. 10/10!


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