To tell a history through architecture and music, the film matches the styles of Moscow’s 20th- and 21st-century buildings with electronic variations of the Soviet and Russian national anthem. The juxtaposition captures an aesthetic evolution driven by the evolution of ideology.
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Absolutely brilliant. Pure genius. Beauty at its most. This film proves that you don't need drugs to have hallucinations. It's like flying in the outer space. It's like having a massive overdose. I strongly suggest to watch this film in a big screen with the volume up, not in your smartphone nor your tablet.
Mesmerizing. This should really come with the advice: Imagine the sky is an ocean and the buildings are just hanging down above it. The film allows viewers to return to a more childlike state, when you could lie upside down and look at the ceiling believing one day you'll walk on it unaware that day unfortunately will never come.
Marvelous! Never mind ideology & architecture, for me the value was transport back to childhood. Lying face-up in back seats of cars (station wagons best), or stretching back on swingsets, to gaze at passing or pendulum of upside-down life. I saw these buildings as floating miles above the blue ocean, like shots from the space station. Terrific soundtrack. Near literal suspension of disbelief relies on erasing ppl.
Space is the place, clouds are the cumulus, architecture is the construct. Sofa king cool. "I chose 3 distinct periods: the exuberant Socialist Classicism aka Stalinist Empire, the austere and brutal Soviet Modernism, and the contemporary mishmash. This reflects the evolution of the country’s ideology [and] contains something intangible from each period—its spirit, its frozen music." - Venkov, Mubi Notebook
PC. Attractive and sustainable perspective throughout the film, although the slow motion shouldn't be an underlying condition. In contrast, the sound is quite debatable in its atmospheric reverberative structure of the russian hymn variations. The inverted spatiality, constantly beautiful, in/by the images - by themselves, with so much sky's presence, already atmospheric - is pretentiously accentuated with the sound.