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Russian Ark
« on: May 31, 2004, 10:53:23 AM »
The Russian Ark by renown Russian director Alexander Sokurov was produced in 2002, but I've seen it just a few days ago. The whole film is staged in the Hermitage and shows its great halls and arts treasures in their full grandeur. There is no story as such, just a series of scenes: a great court ball, a reception of Persian prince by Nicolas I, a family tea-party of Nicolas II, and more. The costumes are splendid, although not always historically precise (e.g., the dancing officers wear their parade uniforms - instead of special ball uniforms, other cavaliers brandish long trousers  - instead of culottes, and so forth). Minor faults actually.
Even on me, intimately acquainted with the Hermitage and other parts of the Winter Palace complex, this Russian-German co-production has made a formidable impression.

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2004, 11:44:55 AM »
Dear Mike,I agree with you! ;)
The Russia Ark is not an historical movie.In my opinion,it's like the Hermitage's memories,like a dream...Yes, there are minors faults,in particular in the final scene,but I think it's a "mixture" of all the eras with theirs heroes,historical personnalities.
This is a very fanciful movie,an art work and not a documentary movie!

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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2004, 03:26:39 PM »
Have just watched RA for the third time. Found it helpful to watch the "making of" section first, as there were a few scenes that required explanation. I really enjoyed it's dream like quality, the voice of Sokurov off camera, and OTMA running through the hall. All and all a feast for the eyes, and imagination.

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2004, 03:37:24 PM »
Yes it's my opinion too.I think this film is for the people who love the Russian culture or the film-lovers.It's a movie quite elitist,not a "popular" one...

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2004, 09:31:23 PM »
I rented Russian Ark from the library a couple of weeks ago. I thought the film was fabulous! I found myself watching it every single day, sometimes twice a day, over the course of a week. It seems like certain films can help me concentrate better on something. If I had Russian Ark on while I was doing homework or something, I would be able to do it faster. Odd isn't it? I just really loved everything about the film, and I adore the Russian language. It really was a treat! I recommend it to anyone interested in Russian history. Well, that's pretty much everyone on this board!  :)

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2004, 01:10:47 AM »
I have watched Russain Ark - it was in English subtitles.  I watched it the first time to read the subtitles because I had to know what they were saying!  But then I watched it without reading - it is as wonderful as being there - I walked in their footsteps through each room reliving my footsteps.  It was a camcorder that I did not have during my own visit.

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2004, 03:19:54 AM »
I love this version of the poster


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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2004, 03:24:41 AM »
Here are some pictures from the movie

Nicholas & his family



The ball (with Natalia Pushkina)







The Raphaelo's lodgia


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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2004, 03:32:54 AM »
Nicholas I & his wife Alexandra Feodorovna


Catherine the Great


The Ambassadors' Stairs


The children




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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2004, 03:40:12 AM »
The reception of the ambassador


the grenadiers

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2004, 03:01:57 PM »
Oh my gosh Lisa, these pictures are beautiful. Thanks so very much. Cathy

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2004, 11:24:28 PM »
Fantastic pictures, Lisa!

I love that old man. :D
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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2004, 03:13:31 AM »
 :D Spassiba!(thank you!) :D

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2004, 12:55:54 PM »
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I love that old man. :D

BTW, that old man is Marquis Astolphe de Custine who visited Russia in 1839 and whose resultng Letters were vehemently denounced by all Russian rulers from Nicolas I till Andropov. A must reading for everyone interested in Russia and its history.

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2004, 01:07:46 PM »
Great pictures and it was a pretty good movie. I enjoyed seeing the Hermitage and it's treasures. I found the last scenes very gripping.

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