Empire (1986 film) was inspired by Lucille Fletcher’s radio drama Sorry, Wrong Number. For the film, Sokurov, as often, selected a single motif from the work of inspiration – in this case it was the sickness of a woman.
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I realize it's heresy to not appreciate all of Aleksandr Sokurov's projects, but found Ampir to be a claustrophobic mess of art direction, gratuitously artistic shots and an eye-rolling actress (the prima ballerina and celebrated star, Alla Osipenko).