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Russian Ark -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Sergey Dreyden ... The Stranger (The Marquis de Custine)
Mariya Kuznetsova ... Catherine The Great
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 ... Peter the Great
Natalya Nikulenko ... Catherine the Great
Elena Rufanova ... First Lady
Yelena Spiridonova ... Second Lady
Konstantin Anisimov ... First Cavalier
Aleksey Barabash ... Second Cavalier
Ilya Shakunov ... Third Cavalier
Anna Aleksakhina ... Alexandra Fyodorovna, Wife of Nicholas II
Vladimir Baranov ... Nicholas II
Valentin Bukin ... Military Official
Svetlana Gaytan ... Museum Custodian
Vadim Gushchin ... Grandee of Catherine The Great
Kirill Dateshidze ... Master of Ceremonies
Mikhail Dorofeev ... First Card Player
Valentina Yegorenkova ... Maid of Honor of Catherine The Great
Sergey Losev ... Court Official
Vadim Lobanov ... Lord Chamberlain
Vladimir Lisetsky ... Court Minister
Aleksandr Malnykin ... Servant of Peter The Great
Kirill Miller ... Court Official
Viktor Mikhaylov ... Court Official
Sergey Muchenikov ... Museum Official
Sergey Nadporozhskiy ... Court Official
Yuriy Orlov ... Grandee of Catherine The Great
Aleksandr Razbash ... Museum Official
Vladimir Sevostyanikhin ... Under-Tutor of the Heir (as Vladimir Sevastyanikhin)
Boris Smolkin ... Chancellor Nesselrode
Evgeniy Filatov ... Second Card Player
Yuri Khomutyansky ... Insane Italian
Anatoli Shvedersky ... Marshall
Valery Gergiev ... Conductor
The State Hermitage Orchestra ... Orchestra
Yuri Ageikin
Alexander Andreev (as Alexander Andreyev)
Dimitri Alexandrov (as Dmitiri Alexandrov)
Alexander Alexeyev
Andrey Arshinnikov
Ismat Ashurov
Artashes Aleksanyan (as Artashes Alexanyan)
Dmitri Bekoyev
Vladimir Belovolsky
Alexander Balonin
Galina Burkina
Suren Vartanov
Sergey Vasilev
Igor Volkov
Roman Gabriya
Ivan Guskov
Nikolai Gravshin
Konstantin Demidov
Anatoliy Dubanov (as Anatoly Dubanov)
Mikhail Yegorov (as Michail Yegorov)
Olga Yetseyova
Alexey Yemelyanov
Yulian Zhulin (as Julian Zhurin)
Dmitry Zelnitsky
Dmitriy Zebrov
Arseny Ivankovich
Yefim Ioffe (as Yefim Yoffe)
Svetlana Kushakova
Tamara Kolesnikova
Olga Kalmykova
Valentina Kasyanova
Yuriy Kalugin (as Yury Kalugin)
Michail Karavayev
Victor Kraslansky
Vladimir Cknat
Valeri Kozinets (as Valery Kozinets)
Aleksei Krymov (as Alexey Krymov)
Andrey Kovel
Andrey Letnikov
Mikhail Legkov
Konstantin Lukonin
Konstantin Mukchin
Yefim Malkov
Pavel Novikov
Igor Okrepilov
Irina Osnovina
Ekaterina Polyakova
Yelene Pavlikova
Oleg Palmov
Sergey Remizov
Ruslan Sadykov
Yuliya Sergeyeva
Vladimir Solovyov
Dzhafar Rasulov
Valeri Smolyakov (as Valery Smolyakov)
Svetlana Svirko ... Alexandra Fedorovna, Wife of Nicholas I
Michail Colovyov
Semyon Sytnik
Boris Sokolov
Irina Tychinina
Nikolai Fyodortsov (as Nikolay Fedortsov)
Valeriy Filonov (as Valery Filonov)
Darya Khudyakova
Vladimir Chernyshov
Anatoly Chernigin
Ekaterina Shimelyeva
Andrei Shchepochkin (as Andrey Schepochkin)
Anya Antonelly
Marsha Libova
Ira Lebedeva
Katya Ponomoveva
Anya Penny
Anya Solovyova
Pavel Titov
Polina Uranova
Sasha Shupovaloa
Sergey Agatomov
Alexander Anchukov
Shamil Boltacheyev
Yegor Bakulin
Alexander Bassov
Olga Belyavskaya
Mark Gavrilov
Natalya German-Tzarkova
Ekaterina Gorokhovskaya
Svetlana Gmedina
Anna Gorodko
Helena Gorbunova
Alexander Derzhenov
Maxim Doronin
Yekaterina Drunova
Julia Zhuravlyona
Yury Zagrebnev
Anna Yekaterininskaya
Sergey Yelikov
Sergey Katyashka
Valentin Kuzinetsov
Aleksandr Kulikov ... Fourth Cavalier
Aleksandra Kulikova (as Alexandra Kulikova)
Alexander Kulatko
Alisa Kondrateva
Marianna Kostyakina
Dmitry Lemoshev
Oksana Klotko
Nataliya Kadochnikova (as Natalya Kadochnikova)
Mariya Lavrova (as Maria Lavrova)
Margarita Lukina
Oksana Merzlyakova
Maria Mescheryakova
Artur Mkrtchan
Alla Oding
Alexander Orlov
Alexey Oding
Kirill Petrov
Rodion Prikhodka
Asya Razhouk
Sergey Romanyuk
Andrey Rodimov
Yuliya Rudina
Elena Simonova
Vanda Starodubtsova
Irina Ternovova
Alexander Trofimov
Svetlana Ulyanova
Kirill Ulyanov
Tatyana Uchayeva
Aleksey Fedkin
Boris Khasanov
Aleksandr Tsybulskiy
Vsevolod Tsarilo
Rosina Tsidulko
Irina Tsyplukhina
Alexander Shaporov
Asya Shirshina
Asya Shibarova
Yuliya Shubareva
Pavel Yanutsh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aleksandr Alekseyev

Svetlana Nemirovskaya
Aleksandr Petrov
Aleksey Vasilev
Svetlana Smirnova ... Widow (uncredited)

Aleksandr Sokurov ... The Time Traveller (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Aleksandr Sokurov 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Boris Khaimsky  dialogue
Anatoli Nikiforov  written by
Svetlana Proskurina  dialogue
Aleksandr Sokurov  dialogue
Aleksandr Sokurov  written by

Produced by
Oliver Damian .... line producer: Egoli Tossell Film AG
Andrey Deryabin .... producer
Viktor Gaylyunas .... line producer: Hermitage Bridge Studio
John Hamilton .... co-producer
Larissa Maevokaya .... assistant producer: Hermitage Bridge Studio (as Larisa Mayevskaya)
Jens Meurer .... producer
Vladimir Plyatskovsky .... assistant producer: Hermitage Bridge Studio
David Reckziegel .... co-producer
Andrey Shatilov .... assistant producer: Hermitage Bridge Studio
Karsten Stöter .... producer
Christiane Thieme .... assistant producer: Egoli Tossell Film AG
Tatyana Tverskaya .... assistant producer: Hermitage Bridge Studio
Alla Tyaglova .... assistant producer: Hermitage Bridge Studio
Alla Verlotsky .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Sergei Yevtushenko 
 
Cinematography by
Tilman Büttner (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stefan Ciupek 
Sergey Ivanov 
Betina Kuntzsch 
 
Casting by
Tatyana Komarova 
 
Art Direction by
Natalya Kochergina 
Elena Zhukova 
 
Costume Design by
Maria Grishanova 
Lidiya Kryukova 
Tamara Seferyan 
 
Makeup Department
Inna Agapova .... makeup artist (as I. Agapova)
I. Bashkirova .... makeup artist
Yekaterina Beschastnaya .... makeup artist (as E. Beschastnaya)
Irina Braninova .... makeup artist (as I. Braninova)
Lyudmila Chumakova .... makeup artist (as L. Chumakova)
I. Deineko .... wig maker
G. Finogenova .... makeup artist
T. Friday .... makeup artist
Tatiana Gerkus .... makeup artist (as T. Gerkus)
V. Goncharova .... wig maker
N. Gorina .... wig maker
Natalya Grachyova .... makeup artist
Olga Grebeniuk .... makeup artist (as O. Grebenyuk)
Tatina Ilyina .... makeup artist
Vadim Khalaimov .... makeup artist (as V. Khalaimov)
Iou. Khramtsova .... makeup artist (as J. Khramtsova)
N. Kolodeznikova .... makeup artist
E. Kostenich .... wig maker
Lyudmila Kozinets .... makeup artist
Yelena Kozlova .... makeup artist (as Y. Kozlova)
Natalya Krymskaya .... makeup artist (as N. Krymskaya)
Nadezhda Kuzmina .... makeup artist
Marina Lebedeva .... wig maker (as M. Lebedeva)
Klavdiya Malysh .... makeup artist (as K. Malysh)
K. Mamkina .... makeup artist
Y. Mezerina .... wig maker
I. Nadeikina .... makeup artist
Valeriya Nikulina .... makeup artist (as V. Nikulina)
L. Novozhilova .... wig maker
A. Nudel .... makeup artist
Tatyana Pavlova .... makeup artist (as T. Pavlova)
B. Perkatova .... wig maker
Svetlana Rassokhina .... makeup artist (as S. Rassokhina)
Natalya Ratkevich .... makeup artist
Zhanna Rodionova .... makeup department head
Liliya Rusetskaya .... makeup artist (as L. Rusetskaya)
Olga Ryzhikova .... wig maker
Olga Shamkovich .... makeup artist (as O. Shamkovich)
Olga Smirnova .... makeup artist (as O. Smirnova)
Julia Sémerenko .... makeup artist (as Y. Semerenko)
I. Tomilina .... wig maker
T. Varukhina .... makeup artist
I. Vasileva .... makeup artist
Yelena Vasilyeva .... makeup artist (as Y. Vasilyeva)
Tatyana Vavilova .... wig maker (as T. Vavilova)
A. Yershova .... makeup artist
Katya Zheleikina .... makeup artist (as K. Zheleikina)
 
Production Management
Sergei Beck .... assistant production manager: Hermitage Bridge Studio (as Sergey Beck)
Benny Drechsel .... post-production manager: Egoli Tossell Film AG
Katrin Springer .... production manager: Egoli Tossell Film AG
Mikhail Vavilov .... production manager: Hermitage Bridge Studio
Maxim Volodin .... assistant production manager: Hermitage Bridge Studio
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marina Koreneva .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Manfred Arbter .... sound re-recording mixer
Edgar Figner .... foley artist
Sergey Figner .... foley artist
Sergei Moshkov .... sound
Vladimir Persov .... sound
 
Special Effects by
A. Alexeyev .... special effects
Y. Epstein .... special effects
Timur Gordin .... special effects (as T. Gordin)
M. Khatsarevich .... special effects
Vladimir Khromov .... special effects (as V. Khronov)
Anatoli Kudryavtsev .... special effects (as A. Kudryavtsev)
Vladimir Ponikarovsky .... special effects (as V. Ponikarovsky)
V. Valeulov .... special effects
Dmitri Voronov .... special effects
Yury Vybornov .... special effects (as Y. Vybornov)
 
Visual Effects by
Florian Schroeder .... film recording operator
Patrick Wilfert .... Inferno artist
Kai Woytke .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
I. Adartsevich .... gaffer
V. Amosenko .... gaffer
Dmitri Amossenko .... gaffer (as D. Amosenko)
Y. Anoschenko .... gaffer
A. Antipov .... gaffer
Kirill Azriel .... gaffer (as K. Azriel)
A. Bebyakin .... gaffer
C. Bebyakin .... gaffer
Aleksandr Belyaev .... gaffer (as A. Belyaev)
A. Bubnov .... gaffer
Tilman Büttner .... Steadicam operator
I. Chernova .... gaffer
Stefan Ciupek .... camera supervisor: high definition camera
I. Drozdov .... gaffer
A. Ermilov .... gaffer
Bernd Fischer .... supervising cinematographer
Roman Gafari .... gaffer (as R. Gafari)
V. Gladkikh .... gaffer
F. Goncharov .... gaffer
Konstantin Gurtiev .... gaffer (as K. Gurtyev)
A. Kaluga .... gaffer
Konstantin Kankava .... gaffer (as K. Kankava)
K. Karpovich .... gaffer
N. Katromin .... gaffer
I. Khakimov .... gaffer
S. Kisilev .... gaffer
Y. Kochan .... gaffer
S. Kolesov .... gaffer
F. Korovikovsky .... gaffer
Konstantin Kostin .... gaffer (as K. Kostin)
Nikolai Lebedev .... gaffer (as N. Lebedev)
Y. Lebedev .... gaffer
A. Lomakin .... gaffer
M. Lukashin .... gaffer
D. Lyakishev .... gaffer
E. Martyanov .... gaffer
A. Mazur .... gaffer
Aleksandr Mazur .... lighting technician
Pavel Olekhnovich .... gaffer (as P. Olekhnovich)
M. Orlov .... gaffer
N. Petrova .... gaffer
V. Polovnikov .... gaffer
Anatoli Rodionov .... supervising cinematographer
Andre Schweider .... focus puller
K. Seleznyov .... gaffer
Y. Semirenko .... gaffer
D. Shigapov .... gaffer
D. Sokolov .... gaffer
Oleg Tretyakov .... gaffer (as O. Tretyakov)
S. Urayev .... gaffer
N. Vasilyev .... gaffer
A. Verbin .... gaffer
K. Vinogradov .... gaffer
Sergei Vinogradov .... gaffer (as S. Vinogradov)
A. Volokushin .... gaffer
S. Volokushin .... gaffer
S. Yerokhin .... gaffer
V. Zakharov .... gaffer
 
Animation Department
Leda Semyonova .... timing
 
Editorial Department
Stefan Ciupek .... digital colorist
 
Transportation Department
M. Danilyuk .... driver
A. Gutnichenko .... driver
Pavel Karachkov .... driver (as P. Karochkov)
Nikolai Kudryavtsev .... driver (as N. Kudryavtsev)
O. Kurguzov .... driver
V. Matyukha .... driver
A. Mukhrystikov .... driver
G. Romanov .... driver
A. Smolyakov .... driver
A. Tkachuk .... driver
A. Vsemirnov .... driver
 
Other crew
Margarita Afonina .... stage manager: director's group
D. Aksyonenko .... helping hand
Oleg Alexandrovich .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
M. Alexeyeva .... assistant: director's group
Michael Amtmann .... development support: Egoli Tossell Film AG
Julia Ananjeva .... production coordinator: Hermitage Bridge Studio
Natalya Andreeva .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Sergey Androsov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
N. Avraamova .... assistant: director's group
Dariya Bakhtina .... assistant: director's group (as D. Bakhtina)
R. Beglov .... helping hand
Jürgen Biesinger .... production assistant: Egoli Tossell Film AG
Alexey Bogdanov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Olga Bogdanova .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Tamara Bogdanova .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
M. Bortova .... assistant: director's group
Oleg Boyev .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Hans-Jürgen Bubser .... accountant: Egoli Tossell Film AG
Alexey Chirkov .... caterer
Oliver Damian .... head of production
K. Danilov .... assistant: director's group
N. Dolinina .... assistant: director's group
J. Dyagileva .... assistant: director's group
Vyacheslav Fyodorov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Maria Garlova .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Ivan Garmanov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Maarit Gentner .... controller: Egoli Tossell Film AG
Petr German .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
T. Grabelnikova .... jewelry maker
Aleksey Grigoryev .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Maren Grimm .... caterer
Natalia Gritsai .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Natalia Guseva .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
V. Gusov .... assistant: director's group
Berit Harksen .... accountant: Egoli Tossell Film AG
D. Iskhakov .... assistant: director's group
A. Istomin .... helping hand
Anatoly Kanatchikov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Alexander Khozhainov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Jana Kohlmann .... office management: Egoli Tossell Film AG
N. Kolodeznikova .... jewelry maker
S. Konovalov .... assistant: director's group
Marina Koreneva .... international project coordinator
Olga Kostyuk .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Dmitry Kovkov .... production assistant: Hermitage Bridge Studio
Svetlana Kozhevnikova .... stage manager: director's group
Denis Kozinets .... production assistant: Hermitage Bridge Studio
D. Kulagin .... assistant: director's group
Irina Kureyeva .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Yevgenia Kvint .... legal advisor: Hermitage Bridge Studio
M. Leontyev .... helping hand
Tatyana Leshukova .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Anton Logvin .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Marina Lopato .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Igor Lovankov .... production assistant: Hermitage Bridge Studio
Lidiya Lyakhova .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Eugenia Makarova .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Olga Maltseva .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
E. Markova .... assistant: director's group
Natalia Martynenko .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Konstantin Mashkin .... office equipment service: Hermitage Bridge Studio
Sergey Matsenkov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Vladimir Matveev .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
S. Matveyev .... helping hand
Natalia Mavrodina .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Vladislav Mayevsky .... production assistant: Hermitage Bridge Studio
Tatyana Mayorova .... production assistant: Hermitage Bridge Studio
I. Mazayev .... helping hand
Dirk Meier .... harddisk operator
Irina Melnikova .... stage manager: director's group
A. Nazikyan .... assistant: director's group
Larisa Nedostup .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Klara Nikitina .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Irina Nikulina .... stage manager: director's group
Sergey Nilov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Irina Novoselskaya .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Natalia Orlova .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Vasily Ostroverkhov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Victor Pavlov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
O. Pavlovskaya .... assistant: director's group
J. Petrova .... assistant: director's group
D. Petrushkov .... assistant: director's group
Tamara Rappe .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Grigorij Richters .... production staff
S. Romanov .... helping hand
D. Rutgeiser .... assistant: director's group
Andrey Samoilov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Sergey Sanin .... production assistant: Hermitage Bridge Studio
Olga Sazonova .... stage manager: director's group
Igor Seleznyov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Leda Semyonova .... continuity
Leda Semyonova .... scripty
M. Semyonovsky .... helping hand
Nikolay Sergeev .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Nina Silantyeva .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Vladimir Smirnov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
S. Snetkov .... helping hand
Y. Sokol .... assistant: director's group
Aleksandr Sokurov .... visual concept
Sergey Taranov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Natalia Titova .... stage manager: director's group
A. Tkachenko .... helping hand
V. Tskhakaya .... assistant: director's group
M. Valeulov .... helping hand
Dmitry Varygin .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
A. Vasilenko .... helping hand
Natalia Vasilevskaya .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Galina Vasilyeva .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
A. Vikman .... helping hand
Jan Vilensky .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Georgy Vilinbakhov .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Tatyana Zagrebina .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum
Yuna Yanova Zek .... administrator and coordinator: The State Hermitage Museum (as Yuna Zek)
M. Zubkova .... assistant: director's group
 
Thanks
Oleg Akimushkin .... special thanks
Ali Bairov .... special thanks
Alexey Belinsky .... special thanks: Military and Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communication Troops
Anna Bibich .... special thanks
Dominik Bollen .... special thanks
Andrey Dzherikhov .... special thanks: Company HEPRY
Tamerlan Dzhussoyev .... special thanks
Hans Robert Eisenhauer .... special thanks (as Hans-Robert Eisenhauer)
Aleksandr Golutva .... special thanks (as Alexander Golutva)
Peter Goreglyad .... special thanks: Military and Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communication Troops
Petra Hartfeil .... special thanks
Uwe Herpich .... special thanks
Vera Ishimova .... special thanks
Nobuo Isobe .... special thanks
Klaus Keil .... special thanks (as Prof. Klaus Keil)
Valery Krylov .... special thanks: Military and Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communication Troops
Alexander Kulinsky .... special thanks: Military and Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communication Troops
Sergey Lazaruk .... special thanks
Nikolay Lomakin .... special thanks: Military and Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communication Troops
Elisabeth Marschan .... special thanks
Alexander Mityayev .... special thanks: Military and Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communication Troops
Nikolay Nagorsky .... special thanks: The State Museum "Tsarskoje Selo"
Algis Paulavichous .... special thanks
Olga Preobrazhenskaya .... special thanks
Sabine Rollberg .... special thanks (as Dr. Sabine Rollberg)
Andrey Samoilov .... special thanks: Company HEPRY
Ivan Sautov .... special thanks: The State Museum "Tsarskoje Selo"
Manfred Schmidt .... special thanks
Martin Scorsese .... special thanks: for support
Igor Taubin .... special thanks: Military and Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communication Troops
Alexandra Tuchinskaya .... special thanks
Sergey Turkin .... special thanks
Nika Velekzhaninova .... special thanks: St. Petersburg State Enterprise Tsarkoselsky Fund of Culture Development
Eila Werning .... special thanks
Meinolf Zurhorst .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Russkiy kovcheg" - Russia (original title)
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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Because the Hermitage museum had to be shut down, the production had only one day to shoot the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Russian Snark (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
MazurkaSee more »

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43 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
a stunning but ultimately failed experiment, 19 September 2003
Author: rdoyle29 from Winnipeg, Canada

Sokurov breaks boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. 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. Tillman Buttner, the director of photography, was responsible for capturing it all in one single Steadicam shot. "Russian Ark" is an amazing accomplishment, and clearly made with passion, but while the film is sure to be hailed as a masterpiece by some, its narrative conceit isn't nearly as interesting as the technical feat of its creation. The result is a unique and intelligent film with sporadic moments of transcendent beauty that fails to create a strong emotional connection with its audience. It's essentially a 96-minute museum tour, with the added benefit of time travel and wax figures that briefly come to life.

But wax figures are all they are, essentially. Sokurov, as though following a hasty guide, spends so little time with the historical figures he portrays that it often feels as though he's moving on just as you begin to figure out who and what you're watching. The Russian experience of World War II, for example, is portrayed with a brief stop in a foreboding, ghostly room filled with coffins. The filmmaker is known for his lugubrious pacing, but Russian Ark has the odd distinction of seeming both slow paced and rushed. It moves slowly and mournfully, but still only glances across the surface of the eras it portrays. It's a demanding film, encompassing a wealth of Russian history and art history between its first and final frames. Those who stay with it will be rewarded in the end by a gorgeously mounted ball, in which the camera gracefully slides among elaborately costumed dancers as the orchestra plays. It's a deeply felt irony that this transcendent moment of joy takes place on the eve of the Russian revolution, and the world of these briefly glimpsed characters is about to come crashing to an end. It's a shame that the film has few moments where form and content align so powerfully

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