Russian Ark

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Russian Ark (Russian: Русский ковчег, Russkij Kovcheg) is a 2002 experimental historical drama film directed by Alexander Sokurov. It was filmed entirely in the Winter Palace of the Russian State Hermitage Museum using a single 96-minute Steadicam sequence shot. read more

Russian Ark (Russian: Русский ковчег, Russkij Kovcheg) is a 2002 experimental historical drama film directed by Alexander Sokurov. It was filmed entirely in the Winter Palace of the Russian State Hermitage Museum using a single 96-minute Steadicam sequence shot. The film was entered into the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. An unnamed narrator wanders through the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The narrator implies that he died in some horrible accident and is a ghost drifting through the palace. In each room, he encounters various real and fictional people from various periods in the city's 300-year history. He is accompanied by "the European", who represents the Marquis de Custine, a 19th-century French traveler. Russian Ark uses the fourth wall device extensively, but repeatedly broken and re-erected. At times the narrator and the companion interact with the other performers, while at other times they pass unnoticed.

Original Release

06/06/2002

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Cast

Leonid Mozgovoy The Spy
David Giorgobiani Orbeli
Mariya Kuznetsova Catherine The Great
Maksim Sergeev Peter the Great
Vladimir Baranov Nicholas II
Kirill Miller Court Official
Sergey Dreyden The Stranger (The Marquis de Custine)
Oleg Palmov столовой дворецкий
Philippe Baron (as Filipp Baron)
Oleg Losev Court Official
(see additional cast & crew)
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