A 19th century French diplomat finds himself in Russia's State Hermitage Museum speaking perfect Russian and not knowing how he got there. The rest is very interesting, pure cinema at its best. This groundbreaking film 'one ups' Alfred Hitchcock's Rope by being filmed in one 90 minute take, uninterrupted by edits.
Filmed in real time with a Steadicam, Russian Ark is nothing short of extraordinary. Apart from the obvious technical brilliance and skill behind making the film, the things that happen in front of the camera are very impressive as well. The acting is top notch, the costumes are amazing, and the setting is gorgeous. This unique film, which could have just been a gimmicky film is truly great.
Russian Ark gets 5 out of 5 stars!
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Writer: Boris Khaimsky
Starring: Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%