Alexander Sokurov's 2002 Russian Ark is, in it's most simple terms, a very nice tour of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
If that was the part and parcel of the film, ie. a nice documentary, we'd not have a great deal to discuss.
Russian Ark is one of the most exhilarating experiences for any lover of the cinema that's come along in decades.
Continuously moving, seeking, dancing, walking, turning and discovering...
This is a 99 minute film.
In a single take.
Let's try that again.
IN A SINGLE TAKE!
Photographed in HD with a Sony CineAlta and Canon lens, and then taken to 35mm, it stuns the senses, and leaves you in a constant state of wonder.
A note about quality. It was shot on HD in 2002. Some dark sequences are a bit noisy. It it bothers you, get over it. It is what it is.
A great cinema achievement. And a film that knocks me out every time I view it -- finally here in Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.
According to iMDb, which is unfortunately filled with errors, it was the first film shot on uncompressed HD. The first three takes were stopped, and the fourth won the day. Image being a player that somehow forces a shutdown at the 90 minute mark.
The cinematographer, Tilman Buttner is a Steadicam Operator.
Image - 5
Audio - 5
Very Highly Recommended.