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.
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.
The last 10min is fantastic
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This movie ranks #14 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #232 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #332 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #338 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #358 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #495 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #950 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #998 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films