To coincide with the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Russian Ark will be shown in full as part of TOM's Film Club.
In the same respect that The Jazz Singer is considered a milestone in the history of cinema for being the first 'Talkie', so too should Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark for being the first feature film ever created from one long continuous take. Shot on 23rd December 2001 in thirty-three rooms around the Hermitage of Saint Petersburg, the film covers three hundred years of Russian history with the use of two thousand actors, three live orchestras and three attempts succeeding on the forth.
To coincide with the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Russian Ark is not only a fitting way to mark those turbulent times but also a fascinating insight into the historic and cultural factors that inevitably lead to the fall of the Russian Empire and of Tsarist autocracy one hundred years ago.
"Apart from anything else, this is one of the best-sustained ideas I have ever seen on the screen [...] If cinema is sometimes dreamlike, then every edit is an awakening. Russian Ark spins a daydream made of centuries." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.