Russian Ark / Russkiy kovcheg / Русский ковчег (2002) Blu-Ray
Like a ghost with a digital camera, an unidentified filmmaker finds himself in the Hermitage in St Petersburg in the early 1700s. As he glides through the elaborate palace admiring the fabulous works of art, he meets The Marquis (Sergey Dreiden) the only figure who can see or communicate with him; he turns out to be a cynical French diplomat (surprised at his own sudden ability to speak Russian). As the two men take a physical and occasionally time-jumping tour of the imperial court of old Russia, they are witnesses to a myriad examples of life under the Tsars. They also exchange often wryly acidic opinions (often about Russia's cultural place in or out of Europe) as they observe a unique world of art and history unfolding through the centuries, until the last Great Royal Ball of 1913, on the eve of the revolution.

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:39:38 | 39.5 Gb + 7.30 Gb
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov
Cast: Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy
Country: Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, Finland, Denmark

• In One Breath (44 mins). An exhaustive making-of documentary about the film's intense single-day, single-shot production, which took four tries to complete. (They decided to start over if any mistakes were made during the first twenty minutes.) Features extensive interviews with director Alexander Sokurov, cinematographer Tilman Buttner, and film critic Rich Holloway.
• Trailer

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