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Russian Ark is remarkable for both the technological feat of cinematography as well as the historical scope of the story. Filmed in a single 90-minute shot, the film takes us through the Hermitage Museum, which meant that the film had to be shot in a single day to avoid closing the museum for any longer.

Please see the following links, as well as the Related Links page, for more information about this film.


Film Comment Magazine
Spliced Wire

Interviews with Director Alexander Sokurov

February 2, 2003 with Edward Guthman
February 2, 2003 with John Hartl
Before shooting
After shooting
About American audiences

Other Interviews

Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of Hermitage Museum
Tillman Buttner, Steadycam operator


The Hermitage, Out to Recapture Lost Age, Works by Linda Hales
A Grand Tour of Russia's Past by Dave Kehr
The Winter Palace by Godfrey Cheshire