Russkiy kovcheg (2002)

 


 

2000 cast members, 3 orchestras, 33 rooms, 300 years, ALL IN ONE TAKE See »

A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years. Full summary »

Genre: Drama,Fantasy,History

Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
   
Release Date: 8 November 2002 (Italy)
Country: Russia , Germany
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Cast:
  • Sergei Dontsov
  • Mariya Kuznetsova
  • Leonid Mozgovoy
  • Mikhail Piotrovsky
  • David Giorgobiani
  • Aleksandr Chaban
  • Lev Yeliseyev
  • Oleg Khmelnitsky
  • Alla Osipenko
  • Artyom Strelnikov
  • Tamara Kurenkova
  • Maksim Sergeyev
  • Natalya Nikulenko
  • Yelena Rufanova
  • Yelena Spiridonova


33 Responses to Russkiy kovcheg (2002)

  1. cpc2
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    Apart from the scene near the end with the band playing and the people dancing, I couldn’t stand this film. Sure I understood that the guy was trying to do something interesting, but it was badly acted (was there acting?) and just too odd to enjoy.

  2. never1and
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    His 1982’s Macbeth is comprised of two uninterrupted shots, the first a 5-minute segment preceding the credits and the remainder a 67-minute segment.

  3. soffa82
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    I had the idea to do a film in one long take about a year ago but being a mear 15 year old I couldn’t do anything with it! Oh well, I’ll have to think of some other groud breaking (!) idea….

    Cleese

    ‘Dolores, I have five days to complete this picture. Don’t get goofy on me.’- Ed Wood

  4. robhumanick
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    A damn fine list, if you ask me. It’s a little broad, with eleven of us having voted on it, but I’ve just got my Netflix selection for the next six months.

    http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/feature/best-of-the-aughts-film/216

  5. b1lskirnir
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    Russian Ark is a great success on many levels, but I think its especially important because it is a project necessary for a country that is often heavily stereotyped and understood only by its history for the last 100 years or so. But imagine an American Ark. Maybe one for China, Japan, Italy, Poland, or any other country with an extremely tragic and/or elaborate history. Would it be as effective or interesting? Just take American Ark for example, how would it be done? We already know American people for the most part know nothing about the history of their own nation, but how could it be represented in an original way? What insights could be made?

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  6. tolia07
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    I have to say that this is one of the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen. It seems that some of the parts in the movie were completely random. It still cracks me up when i think of that boy sticking his head out from the door and blowing air(?) at the french guy while he blows some air back at him. WTF? How much of the movie was actually scripted?

  7. candiceamcdougall
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    Hello film fans,

    I have recently completed a web project for an undergraduate Russian literature course on the film Rusisan Ark. My website provides footnotes chapter-by-chapter dealing with some of the cultural and historical references in the film.

    I hope that beyond getting course credit, my website will be helpful to people who, like me, saw a lot of references on the first viewing of this rather rich film that they did not understand.

    So, for some insight into questions like, "Who was that blind woman," please check out the following website:

    http://webpages.acs.ttu.edu/cmcdouga/arkhome.htm

    Thanks

  8. thencjs
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    Trawled through a few discussion boards about this film after admittedly being intrigued by the technical aspects. "one-shot" stuff aside, can anyone tell me if this film is actually any good?

    Yes, I can watch foreign films.

    Yes, I am interested in history.

    No, I do not know a great deal of Russian history.

    Thanks

  9. crappydoo
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    Considering that this film was digitally shot as was Time Code. Would it be possible for someone to tell me which shot is the longest on traditional film?

  10. degmic71
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    I am very intrigued by Russian history, and have seen bits of Russian Ark, which is not really a history lesson straight up, any help?

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  11. Curlysuperlative
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    During the part of the film where Marquis is speaking to the blind woman, a man with gloves stands in the background, and is visible between them. He has a confused expression on his face as his glances shoot between the two in their conversation. I understood this part, as Marquis is supposedly a ghost, and the woman he’s talking to is blind, and any situation like that would bewilder most people, including myself.

    The part that I still don’t get is when Marquis is ushered out, and is standing outside of the doors. He just sort of stands there for a while, and that’s what caught my interest. What were we waiting for? The gloved man makes a reappearance, leaning his torso through the doorway, puffing out his cheeks, and blowing air at Marquis through his lips. Marquis responds in kind, and the gloved man gradually morphs his expression to that of horror/disgust, and then closes the door. I’m just generally confused about this whole scene, and it’s been plaguing me for a while. I mean, is it supposed to have some sort of symbolic significance, or is it just meant to be silly, which also has a certain merit?

  12. speccyboy
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    This film is on BBC 4 in the UK at 11:30 PM tonight :) Watch if you fancy it.

  13. SympathyFor_Chris
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    The whole one shot thing really had me interested in this film but I watched some of it on youtube…..and it was really boring. Hey, I love learning about history (and I love Russian, learning it myself) but the way how this film was done was VERY VERY boring. So it’s just a Russian lecture in one shot right?

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  14. Invariable Self
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    I didn’t originally rate this film very high. But one thing it has going for it is its way of showing how beautiful Russia was before the Communists destroyed everything. The Reds will never (and should never) be forgiven for killing off the young daughters of the Zsar that we see dancing through the hall.

    I.S. Oxford

    "The books have nothing to say!"

    — Fahrenheit 451

  15. SherlockVonEinstein
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    halfway through the film, i noticed something interesting…

    every time the camera would enter a "new scene," the composition is slightly altered. it reminded me of that classic hitchcock "vertigo" trick, where th camera is dollied out and zoomed in at the same time, causing the background to look as if it falls away. at first, i thought that this was happening because of cast and crew movement as well as set-up changes behind the camera operator… that is, he’d move about, while keeping the composition of the shot somewhat unchanging.

    however, i only noticed this happen whenever we’d enter a new scene with actors already in place. if we just entered a new room that was empty at first, there was no composition change. that means there quite possibly could’ve been just a simple edit.

    i’m wondering if these slight composition changes where the result of very clever edits.

    even the first time i watched the film, i noticed there were several moments (such as an entire shot being focus on a wall for at least 2 to 3 frames) that could’ve allowed for an edit.

    oh yeah, then there’s the ambigiously steady shots that appeared to be on a crane that somehow melted into obviously hand-held steady-cam shots.

    (something else that bothered me about this film– 90 minutes is a long time to film with lots of movement in frame and there not be a single focus slip. seriously.)

    i’m probably just jumping to conclusions, but something just seemed fishy about this film, even after watching the documentary.

  16. trymyproduct11
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    …to see that so many people found this to be boring! I thought it was fascinating, beautiful, not to mention quite humorous. In fact, if anything, doing it all in one take made it seem rather short to me. I would’ve liked to have seen more, though I suppose pulling this much off was complicated enough. After seeing this, I am very interested in seeing more of Sokurov’s work.

  17. evildoom_bunny
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    Did anyone else find this man a little irritating? I liked this movie, but I was surprised they spent so much time on art and so little on dancing or the ball. I thought the french man talked too slowly and walked around too slowly and whenever the narrator asked him not to go here or there, I agreed. I enjoyed this movie but I think you really have to understand Russian art, history and all sorts of things to really fully appreciate this movie and what is going on.

  18. suckerdwsp316
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    i’ve never seen russian ark, but im fascinated by the one-shot thing. so how did they accomplish that? i mean, did it just follow one person throughout the whole movie, there must of been some transitions or something, how did they do it?

  19. Anonymous
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  20. agknapp
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    Hi! I’m going to write about this movie as part of my essay assignment in my Film class. The class is particularly centered around the subject of time, history, and memory, and I’d say this movie has plenty to say about all three, especially the first two.

    In order to get a solid grasp, however, I’d like to make sure I have all the time periods identified properly, and in the order in which they appear in the film. If anybody can please tell me the time periods shown and the order in which they are shown, I’d really appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance!

  21. imdb2-32
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    Like the Russian Japanese war, bolchevik revolution, Rasputin, the assassination of the Romanovs, Stalin, Trotsky, war with nazis, etc…

    Nitchevo!

  22. schtaad
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    Who else thought that the lost aristocratic party-goers from the beginning was reminiscent of Spinal Tap?

  23. bolly_b
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    What is the name of the composition in the "Concert Hall" scene from the film? It is in Chapter 24 of the R1 DVD. Who is the composer?

  24. rivethead808
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    …and thought that there couldnt *possibly* be a similar film out there, then you need to see Hypothesis of a Stolen Painting by Raoul Ruiz.

    http://www.listology.com/profile_public.cfm/indv_id.12830/b_check_link _dest.True

  25. eidolonse
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    and tell me why it was so magnificent as many people say.

    i was really tired when i watched it last night and dont feel like putting it back in.

  26. valerianzamel
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    Does anybody remeber or has the film and can tell me what are the exact last words said in this film… it was something like "we live forever…" i cant quite remeber

    thanks!

  27. enroid
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    Hi all,

    I absolutely must have the title of the song played in the hall at the end! Any help would be fantastic.

  28. chinomovies
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    OK…the movie was perfectly filmed. In one impecable shot…But is so booooooooring!!! So what’s the point of doing a booooooooring movie in one only shot?

    I like many differents kinds of movies but there’s one kind that I don’t accept: boring movies like this…filmed in one or in one thousend shots.

  29. Sepulchrive
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    Does anyone know which music is played over the end credits of this movie?

  30. Rickyslate8
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    I don’t understand how this can be considered the first movie without a single cut when it came out in 2002. And the Mike Figgis movie Timecode came out in 2000 and there isn’t a single cut in that. Russian Ark is around 90 min without any cuts, and Timecode is around 100 min without any cuts (and the screen is split into 4 quadrants for the whole movie, so technically its a 400 min movie without any cuts).

    Does anyone know why this is considered the first movie without any cuts when Timecode did it first?

  31. YNOTswim
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    Today I went to see this movie. I like the spectacular Russian museum and admire the rich culture and history, but I don’t really care about the one non-broken shot ordeal, which almost every critic made a great deal about. Because of this technical exercise, the story line was pieced together so loosely and meaninglessly. I would rather to see a documentary to go through the museum, but a drama? I don’t think so. 3 out of 10 stars.

  32. Fuzzynavel-1
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    Does anyone know the name of the painting with the nun hugging the little girl?

    "I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong."

  33. tuckertron
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    why does this movie have 3 editors. there are no cuts!

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