Russian Ark (2002)

Saint Petersburg (Russia), Hermitage Museum. H...
Saint Petersburg (Russia), Hermitage Museum. Hermitage Theatre. Watercolour from 1824. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You don’t need to go to The Hermitage, in St. Petersburg, if you see this remarkable film by Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, which takes a tour of the world’s largest museum (and, in the czar’s day, the world’s largest private residence) in one roving, restless digital-video shot. Never mind that the film intersects with a century of Russian history along the way; the instruction here is in the location. Once you’ve experienced this gargantuan remnant of the imperial age, you’ll know why the Russian Revolution happened.

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