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Summer Film Series | Russian Ark
24-September from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Alexander Sokurov’s spellbinding masterpiece “Russian Ark” is a multi-award winning film consisting of one, single unbroken camera shot that moves through 33 rooms of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum. It’s a staggering work of art, an impressive technical feat that is also cinematic poetry of the first order.
As Sokurov’s camera glides in and out of cathedral-like galleries, opulent ballrooms and shadowy corridors and workrooms, three centuries of Russian history and European art are compressed into a single 96 minute shot. In the dreamlike journey, an unseen modern filmmaker (voiced by Sokurov) is guided by a scornful French diplomat through the great paintings of El Greco, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Rubens and others; at the same time, we’re offered glimpses of both iconic and private moments in Russian history. “Russian Ark” is an extraordinary film that, like the museum itself, captures three centuries of Russian culture and history in all its beauty, confusion, terror and majesty.