Favorite Foreign Films: Russian Ark (2002)

Film: Russian Ark
Country: Russia/Germany

Director: Aleksander Sokurov

A 99-minute filmed tour of the Russian State Hermitage Museum may not sound very exciting. When the tour becomes a trip through history and art, complete with scores of actors, things start looking up. Mention the fact the entire film is one continuous shot, and interest booms. Technical problems stymied the crew on the first three attempts, but in the end, it all went off as planned, and the result is pure magic. It’s a technical and artistic triumph which shouldn’t be missed.
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