Russian Ark
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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 plot summary below)

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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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Washington Post - 10/10 by Desson Thomson Dramatically, this is something of a waking dream.
Excelsior - 10/10 by Lucero Solórzano A highly recommended documentary. [Full review in Spanish]
Dallas Observer - 10/10 by Jean Oppenheimer Turns out to be more than simply a near-miracle of filmmaking, however; it is also an astonishing work of art, a historical epic that drifts through one's consciousness like a reverie.
SPLICEDWire - 10/10 by Rob Blackwelder There is a genius to (this) experimental and utterly surreal historical epic that has nothing to do with the fact that it was shot in one uninterrupted, mind-boggling take...
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/10 by Kenneth Baker Merely as a technical, logistical feat, Russian Ark marks a cinematic milestone.
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/10 by Roger Ebert The film is a glorious experience to witness, not least because, knowing the technique and understanding how much depends on every moment, we almost hold our breath.
Village Voice - 10/10 by Aaron Cutler The movie's smooth voyage comes to seem like a dream play, suspended painlessly in time.
Los Angeles Times - 10/10 by Kenneth Turan An astonishing technological feat, but what is even more remarkable is that the technology does not overwhelm the artistry.
Christian Science Monitor - 10/10 by David Sterritt Well worth seeing on the wide screen before its video release next year. It's guaranteed to take your breath away.
Boston Globe - 10/10 by Wesley Morris Who most of these exquisitely costumed people are I have no idea, but they brush past the camera in such rapids of jubilation it's a wonder they don't knock the thing over. I watched most of the film exhilarated, but depressed that I'm not a big Russophile.
L.A. Weekly - 10/10 by Henry Sheehan High art, low comedy, hard labor and royal prerogative are here thrown together in an elegant unity, a breathtaking demonstration of Russian cinematic -- hence artistic -- brilliance.
Time Out New York - 10/10 by Joshua Rothkopf The best style has a purpose to it, and Russian Ark, in its hypnotic, endless swirl, gets at a deep truth of the post-Soviet psyche, haunted by its legacy of czarist rule and Stalin-era sacrifice. The film is a sad home for ghosts.

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