2.4 stars. In part, actuated my first girlfriend and I (of 4-and-a-half years) to break up because of my getting irritated at her falling asleep in the cinema during this. A decade later I'm far less policing and admit that a film being technically [astonishingly] accomplished doesn't stop it from also being kind of boring. If you're into historic costumes however, this will enthral you (which is not a criticism!)
2-3. It's technically impressive, but in a nutshell, it's a cinematic video game designed to teach you about Russian history by abstracting different periods into snapshots. It really is the movie equivalent of a gallery full of paintings in that way. But character development is sparse, and conflict is basically nonexistent. However, it is gently tinged with the terror of eventual slaughter.
Impressionante cosa un'ottima organizzazione ed una camera mobile possano realizzare. La macchina da presa danza con sicurezza tra le sfarzose sale del museo russo, incorniciando scene esteticamente meravigliose, mentre non trovo le parole per descrivere adeguatamente l'impresa titanica compiuta dal regista, dal direttore della fotografia e dello scenografo. Un'altra vittoria sul bollettino del grande cinema russo.
It's delicious. Sometimes I'm not in the mood for delicious things, as I was not in the mood for placid meditations on national history through the prism of aesthetic ideology. Oh well I rest assured that Francofonia is a bit more jagged, can't wait to visit this when untimely meditations are my thing again.
'Everyone can see the future, no one remembers the past.' 'Russian Ark' is a sweeping spectacle, moving through he halls of the Winter Palace across three centuries. The movement of the film itself is stunning, had it been a silent observation of the palace and its guests through the ages, my experience would have been much more profound. Unfortunately, I found the presence of our tour guides unforgivably abrasive.