Russian Ark - Russkiy kovcheg

Alexander Sokurow – Russia – 2002

CHF 16.90 / EUR 15.70

Alexander Sokurov's extraordinary masterpiece, Russian Ark is a unique journey through time and Russian history. Filmed entirely in the State Hermitage Museum, in St. Petersburg, Sokurov's breathtaking film recreates 300 years of history and culture and is the first entirely unedited, single take, full-length feature film. A contemporary Russian filmmaker magically finds himself in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. He meets a cynical French diplomat from the nineteenth century, the Marquis de Custine, and the two men become accomplices in an extraordinary, time-travelling journey through Russia's turbulent past. Together they encounter life at the Imperial Palace as it was through different ages from Catherine the Great's backstage love affairs to the last Tsar's ball in 1913 in the Winter Palace, the panorama unfolds in Europe's most beautiful planned city. Russian Ark combines state of the art digital technology, strong storytelling, lavish production values and a highly personal mise-en-scene. Sokurov's vision - featuring more than 2000 actors and extras - was realised entirely 'in camera'. After months of careful planning and choreographed rehearsals, the entire film was shot by Tilman Büttner in a single day, in one recording, in a single uninterrupted steadicam sequence. The ultimate 'directors cut', there is no editing as the film unfolds in pure real time. Pushing the boundaries of filmmaking, Russian Ark is the first ever uncompressed High Definition movie, recorded onto a portable hard-disk system, rather than 35mm or tape.

trigon-film dvd-edition 14
Languages OV russian | DV german Subtitles english, français, hollands
Length 96 min. Screen 1:1.85 - 16/9 PAL, color Sound DD FSK 12+ Region code All regions
Bonus In one Breath - Making of and documentary on the Ermitage (60 min.) | Audio commentary | Trailers

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