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    Russian Ark

    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.
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  • Actors of "Russian Ark"

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  • Characters of "Russian Ark"

    Catherine the Great. Character of Russian Ark
    Peter the Great. Character of Russian Ark
    Played by: Maksim Sergeev
    Tsarina Alexandra. Character of Russian Ark
    Tsar Nicholas II. Character of Russian Ark
    Nesselrode. Character of Russian Ark
    Played by: Boris Smolkin
  • Directors of "Russian Ark"

    Aleksandr Sokurov. Director of Russian Ark
    Aleksandr Sokurov
    Birthdate: 14 June 1951, Podorvikha, Irkutskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia]
  • Creators of "Russian Ark"

    Boris Khaimsky. Director of Russian Ark
    Boris Khaimsky
    Anatoli Nikiforov. Director of Russian Ark
    Anatoli Nikiforov
  • Critic Reviews of "Russian Ark"

    Chicago Reader
    October 24, 2013

    Part pageant and museum tour, part theme-park ride and historical meditation.

    Time Out
    September 03, 2013

    This is as immersive-and as Shining-level spooky-as history gets.

    Village Voice
    September 03, 2013

    The movie's smooth voyage comes to seem like a dream play, suspended painlessly in time.

    Denver Rocky Mountain News
    July 03, 2003

    Might well be the first real masterpiece of the 21st Century.

    Orlando Sentinel
    June 13, 2003

    A marvel of a film that makes the Hermitage its star.

    Houston Chronicle
    June 05, 2003

    This is a stunning film, a one-of-a-kind tour de force.

    June 29, 2016

    A highly recommended documentary. [Full review in Spanish]

    FILMINK (Australia)
    April 22, 2016

    Russian Ark is an astounding technical feat that must be seen to be believed.

    Slant Magazine
    April 12, 2014

    Despite an undeniable attraction to the majestic, Aleksandr Sokurov seems equally adverse to straightforward spectacle, approaching potentially colossal subjects from odd, specific angles.

    Movie Metropolis
    December 19, 2013

    It's worth noting that the footage was manipulated ... in post-production, but this unbroken take still functions as a documentary record of an exceptional logistical feat.

    Window to the Movies
    March 31, 2009

    [Characterizes] history as a large rush of information so huge, alive, and easy to get lost in that it would feel a shame if there existed nothing to give us a conduit to it.

    Film Scouts
    June 21, 2007

    A film geek's dream movie. 90 minutes, one take.

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