Russian Ark by Aleksandr Sokurov , Sergei Dontsov

bookshelves: winter-20142015, art-forms, film-only, history, st-petersburg, slavic

Read on January 29, 2015

Fancy a re-visit to The Hermitage under the scathing eye of a 19C traveller?

Then watch here…

The Stranger: Astolphe-Louis-Léonor, Marquis de Custine (18 March 1790 – 25 September 1857) was a French aristocrat and writer who is best known for his travel writing, in particular his account of his visit to Russia in 1839 Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia. This work documents not only Custine’s travels through the Russian empire, but also the social fabric, economy, and way of life during the reign of Nicholas I. (wiki sourced)

Description: A modern filmmaker magically finds himself transported to the 18th century, where he embarks on a time-traveling journey through 300 years of Russian history. Filmed with a cast of thousands, three live orchestras and an army of technicians, Russian Ark is the longest uninterrupted shot in film history, and the first feature film ever created in a single take.

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