Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Russian Ark (2002)

Film: Russian Ark (127/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

This film blew me away. Taking place entirely in the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg and filmed in one continuous Steadicam shot (ONE. SHOT.) it's a miracle that this film even exists. It's exquisite and dreamlike. An unnamed narrator wanders through the rooms with his companion "The European" as people drift in and out, like the most gorgeous and surreal time machine ever. It's a nonlinear journey through Russian history, and the narrator floats along unseen. I can't wrap my head around how they pulled this off. The costumes are stunning, the Winter Palace makes for an absolutely beautiful backdrop, and it was filmed with such precision that the mind reels. I'll definitely be revisiting this one in the future (and as of this writing it's streaming on Netflix so you should watch it too)!

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