Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
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Having been to Russia and The Hermitage and picking up quite a lot of Russian history, I still find this films content to be considerably esoteric. It is not so much a history lesson as it is an occasional milieu of famous peoples and events from which this viewer feels completely removed.
The praise for this film, I feel relies too much upon the - dare I say - gimmick of the one take wonder. It is beautiful, but it pales to the awe of walking the salons of the Winter Palace in person. It is also accomplished but all the technical brilliance can't conceal the - possibly erudite, but in my mind - whimsically vague wanderings of two ethereal men-out-of-time.
The one scene(?) I did find intriguing was in front of Rembrandt's Danae. "This painting and I share a secret." Indeed.
The last 10min is fantastic
One of the most beautiful films I've seen in a long time. I'm embarrassed that it took me so long to get to this title.
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This movie ranks #48 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #332 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #358 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #495 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #497 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #739 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #799 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #942 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #998 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema