Russian Ark

shown October  2003

Two hundred years of Russian history explored in staggering style in a film that has great merit beyond its dazzling technical feat of having been filmed in precisely one complete tracking shot.

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On the 23rd  December 2002 an unprecedented event took place in St Petersburg. Inside the Hermitage the film director, Alexander Sokurov, shot a feature-length film, The Russian Ark, in an hour and a half of real time. The camera was switched on and ninety minutes later switched off after proceeding through thirty-five rooms, crossing four centuries, and re-enacting history on the grand scale by means of an array of sophisticated effects. Eight hundred and fifty actors and extras took part in some of the scenes in this unique production. 

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