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FULL SYNOPSIS

Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russian Ark. It's the first feature-length narrative film shot in a single take (on digital video, using a specially designed disc instead of tape). Russian Ark is shot from the point-of-view of an unseen narrator, as he explores the museum and travels through Russian history. The audience sees through his eyes as he witnesses Peter the Great (Maksim Sergeyev) abusing one of his generals; Catherine the Great (Maria Kuznetsova) desperately searching for a bathroom; and, in the grand finale, the sumptuous Great Royal Ball of 1913. The narrator is eventually joined by a sarcastic and eccentric 19th century French Marquis (Sergey Dreiden), who travels with him throughout the huge grounds, encountering various historical figures and viewing the legendary artworks on display. While the narrator only interacts with the Marquis (he seems to be invisible to all the other inhabitants), the Marquis occasionally interacts with visitors and former residents of the museum. The film was obviously shot in one day, but the cast and crew rehearsed for months to time their movements precisely with the flow of the camera while capturing the complex narrative, with elaborate costumes from different periods, and several trips out to the exterior of the museum. Tilman Büttner, the director of photography, was responsible for capturing it all in one single Steadicam shot. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:April 4, 2003

Cast

Sergei Dreiden
as The Stranger
Maria Kuznetsova
as Catherine II the Great
Leonid Mozgovoy
as Spy
David Giorgobiani
as Orbeli
Sergei Romanyuk
Alexander Razbash
as Museum Official
Viktor Mikhailov
as Court Official
Yuri Orlov
as Grandee of Catherine the Great
Alla Osipenko
as Herself
Irina Osnovina
Igor Volkov
Oleg N. Yefremov
as Museum Official
Kirill Ulyanov
Alexander Sokurov
as Narrator
Boris Sokolov
Yelena Spiridonova
as Lady
Svetlana Smirnova
as Widow
Boris Smolkin
as Chancellor Nesselrode
Artiom Strelnikov
as Talented Boy
Svetlana Svirko
Konstantin Demidov
Mikhail Dorofeyev
as 1st Card Player
Svetlana Gaitan
as Custodian at the Museum
Vadim Lobanov
as Lord Chamberlain
Helena Gorbunova
Konstantin Anisimov
as Cavalier
Vladimir Chernyshov
Vladimir Baranov
as Nicholas II
Valentin Bukin
as Military Official
Valentin Kuznetsov
Valery Gergiev
Alexandra Kulikova
Valentin Bukin
as Military Official
Vladimir Baranov
as Nicholas II
Konstantin Anisimov
as Cavalier
Vadim Lobanov
as Lord Chamberlain
Svetlana Gaitan
as Custodian at the Museum

Crew

Alexander Sokurov
Director
Andrei Deriaban
Producer
Jens Meurer
Producer
Andrey Deryabin
Producer
Karsten Stoter
Producer
Svetlana Proskurina
Dialogue Writer
Svetlana Proskurina
Screenwriter
Anatoly Nikiforov
Screenwriter
Alexander Sokurov
Screenwriter
Tilman Büttner
Cinematographer
Henry Purcell
Featured Music
Sergei Yevtushenko
Composer (Music Score)
Sergei Yevtushenko
Musical Arrangement
Mikhail Glinka
Featured Music
Natalia Kochergina
Art Director
Yelena Zhukova
Art Director
Sergei Astakhov
Co-producer
Lidiya Kryukova
Costume Designer
Sergei Moshkov
Sound/Sound Designer
Vladimir Persov
Sound/Sound Designer
Sergei Razhuk
First Assistant Director
Tilman Büttner
Camera Operator
Tatiana Komarova
Casting
Natasha Krymskaya
Makeup
Patrick Wilfert
Visual Effects
Lyudmila Gabelaya
Line Producer
Julia Ananjeva
Production Coordinator
Olivier Damian
Line Producer
Dominik Bollen
Post Production Coordinator
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