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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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...
Chicago Reader - 10/10 by Jonathan Rosenbaum Part pageant and museum tour, part theme-park ride and historical meditation.
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.
Excelsior - 10/10 by Lucero Solórzano A highly recommended documentary. [Full review in Spanish]
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.
Boston Globe - 10/10 by Wesley Morris Russian Ark does for the history-blind what any halfway decent drug movie can do to nonjunkies: pushes a mean contact high.
Village Voice - 10/10 by Aaron Cutler The movie's smooth voyage comes to seem like a dream play, suspended painlessly in time.
Washington Post - 10/10 by Desson Thomson Dramatically, this is something of a waking dream.
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/10 by Kenneth Baker Merely as a technical, logistical feat, Russian Ark marks a cinematic milestone.
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.
F5 (Wichita, KS) - 10/10 by Jake Euker An audacious and insane experiment, a triumphant film.
Chicago Tribune - 10/10 by Michael Wilmington Extraordinary film, one that, like the museum itself, captures and shows three centuries of Russian culture and history in all its beauty, confusion, terror and majesty.

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