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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Time - 10/10 by Richard Corliss A coda that will have the movie's audience gasping in exhilarated exhaustion, whispering astonished gratitude to Sokurov for having created vigorous art out of 21st century video technique and asking themselves, "What's the Russian word for Wow!?"
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.
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/10 by Kenneth Baker Merely as a technical, logistical feat, Russian Ark marks a cinematic milestone.
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]
Washington Post - 10/10 by Desson Thomson Dramatically, this is something of a waking dream.
Village Voice - 10/10 by Aaron Cutler The movie's smooth voyage comes to seem like a dream play, suspended painlessly in time.
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 Russian Ark does for the history-blind what any halfway decent drug movie can do to nonjunkies: pushes a mean contact high.
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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