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Offline Lisa

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2004, 01:28:23 PM »
I think the old man is not Adolphe de Custine...It just said in the film that he is a French-cynical-philosopher(like all the French!!!...no!I'm joking! ;D)...

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2004, 01:34:12 PM »
Here is the real marquis Adolphe de Custine(1790-1857)



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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2004, 02:02:19 PM »
HA HA HA... ;)I'm French Canadian and you are right, we are kinda cynical--or as I like to think, a realist. ::)


Merci beaucoup for the pic of the Marquis

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2004, 02:11:12 PM »
I think that Sergei Dreiden was portraying the Marquis Adolphe de Custine. It's storming here, what a good excuse to curl up and watch it again...just to make sure :-)
By the way, Sokurov's site: The Island of Sokurov
http://sokurov.spb.ru/island_en/mnp.html is quite interesting. Like this quote by his editor, Alexandra Tuchinskaya : " The website welcomes visitors whose interest is not primarily in entertainment, but rather in spiritual work. May it be a fitting response to the artist.

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2004, 02:18:13 PM »
Well…I’m French Canadian too…maybe I’m cynical too but not always! Although the old French visitor isn’t named in the film, it’s obvious to me De Custine inspired the character, but does it matter?

What a great film! It was a remarkable technical prowess to make: it’s a one-take movie, shot in real time, without any interruptions and no second takes. Can you imagine directing thousands of actors and moving at the same time through the Winter Palace and Hermitage without stopping for 90 minutes??!! Quite a feat!

I have seen it twice, and will buy the DVD soon. There is so much to see, it’s fascinating. Costumes and uniforms were superb. Although it seems to me they also used some vintage clothing for the movie, there’s probably no gold or silver braid left in Russia as they made hundreds more! As Mike said they aren’t always accurate, but the overall impression is quite good and conveys very well the splendour of the Russian Court. Apart from the spectacular Ball scene – and the more intimate scene with Nicholas II and his family of course – one of my favorites is the Reception of the Persian Ambassador by Nicholas I in the Georgievsly Throne Room with its newly renovated throne and dais, What a site! Those unbearded Palace Grenadiers Guards look much too young to be veterans of the 1812 War, even in 1829, but it doesn’t really matter. Seeing the whole Court assembled in the Throne Room with the Imperial Family is a truly awesome sight!

The film has its own bilingual website with additional photos and interesting information:
http://www.russianark.spb.ru/

I also found an superb part of the Hermitage website called “Virtual Academy” with a “course” on the “Winter Palace – Residence of  Russian Emperors” with sections on the Emperors who lived there, the Palace, Court life, Architectural styles, and the Capital of the Empire.

http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/iedu_En/zd/templates/startcourse.htm

In the Court life section there is a chapter about State receptions which describes the same Diplomatic Reception by Nicholas I in 1829.


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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2004, 02:45:08 PM »
Yes,yes,you're right!The man is not the "historical " de Custine,but he inspired the character very much.And as said Daniel,it doesn't really matter... ;)

About the characters,here is the list of actors(it come from the official site):

Sergey Dreiden as a STRANGER

Maria Kuznetsova as CATHERINE THE GREAT
Leonid Mozgovoy as THE SPY
Mikhail Piotrovsky as Himself
David Giorgobiani as ORBELI
Alexander Chaban as BORIS PIOTROVSKY
Lev Yeliseyev as Himself
Oleg Khmelnitsky as Himself
Alla Osipenko as Herself
Artem Strelnikov as a talented boy
Tamara Kurenkova as Herself
Maxim Sergeyev as PETER THE GREAT
Natalia Nikulenko as CATHERINE THE FIRST
Yelena Rufanova as the first lady
Yelena Spiridonova as the second lady

Yuliy Zhurin as NICHOLAS I
Svetlana Svirko as ALEXANDRA FEDOROVNA, A SPOUSE OF NICHOLAS I
Kostantin Anisimov as the First Cavalier
Alexey Barabash as the Second Cavalier
Ilia Shakunov as the Third Cavalier
Alexander Kulikov as the Fourth Cavalier
Anna Aleksahina as ALEXANDRA FYODOROVNA, A SPOUSE OF NICHOLASII
Vladimir Baranov as NICHOLAS II
Valentin Bukin as a Military Official
Svetlana Gaitan as a Custodian at The Museum
Vadim Guschin as a Grandee of Catherine The Great
Kiril Dateshidze as a Master of Ceremonies
Michael Dorofeyev as the First Card Player
Valentina Yegorenkova as a Maid of Honour of Catherine The Great
Oleg Losev as a Court Official
Vadim Lobanov as a Chamberlain
Vladimir Lisetsky as a Court Minister


Alexander Malnykin as a Batman of Peter The Great
Kirill Miller as a Court official
Victor Mikhailov as a Court Official
Sergey Muchenikov as a Museum Official
Sergey Nadporozhsky as a Court Official
Yuri Orlov as a Grandee of Catherine The Great
Alexander Razbash as a Museum Official
Vladimir Sevastyanikhin as an Under-tutor of the Heir
Svetlana Smirnova as a Widow
Boris Smolkin as CHANCELLOR NESSELRODE
Yevgeny Filatov as the Second Card-player
Jury Khomutyansky as an Insane Italian
Anatoly Shvedersky as a Marshal


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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2004, 03:19:02 PM »
I found others beautifull photos! :D The photographer is Alexander BELENKIY.

Peter the Great:


Catherine the Great in her "Russian dress":


The same in french court dress:

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2004, 03:20:22 PM »
Alix and Anastasia


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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2004, 10:39:12 PM »
Stunning photographs Lisa! Many thanks!

And many thanks Daniel for the link to the Virtual Academy! I have been in the Hermitage site but have never found this!!

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2004, 08:41:01 PM »
Awesome photos!

Looks like I'm going to have to buy RA for myself pretty soon. I just rented it from the library again.

Still love that old "stranger." I think he's hilarious. Didn't the narrator call him "Europe?"

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #25 on: June 28, 2004, 12:59:23 PM »
I adored Russian Ark and have recommended it to all my movie buff/art buff/russiphilic friends. If anyone hasn't seen it yet but wants to - here is a little advice... 8)

Dont look for a obvious plot or story line...
Don't waste time trying to understand everything at once....
Its not all about NAOTMA so don't keep looking for them...
Just enjoy it like a great dream...
Watch it several times--you'll notice so many clever things!


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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2004, 06:09:21 PM »
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Dont look for a obvious plot or story line...


This is so true. So many people are expecting a normal film when they watch Russian Ark. The film is very symbolic, and qualities like that must be taken into consideration.

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #27 on: October 07, 2004, 09:29:22 AM »


I just found out about this, I'm going to try to rent it but I bet I won't find it around here:(

It looks great, but why did they get a dark haired Alexandra ??? She was so famous for her red hair!

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #28 on: October 07, 2004, 04:56:26 PM »
Annie
You will enjoy this movie if you understand that it is not a sequential piece (no linier time logic) its like a dream...

Alix with red hair? Half the people I mention this to say that she was a blond and all the photos I have seen (I'm NOT a photo fan ) really all look a great deal more brown!

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Re: Russian Ark
« Reply #29 on: October 07, 2004, 05:27:33 PM »
Annie, I hope you enjoy Russian Ark.  I have to agree with rskkiya--the film is not a sequential, plot-driven film (except there does seem to be a very general chronological flow from the times of Peter I to Nicholas II).

Enjoy the sensation, and the beauty, of it.  Just "go with the flow" as they say.