Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Great Films # 4: Russian Ark (2002)


This sort of intersects my two recurring features on my blog, The Great Scenes and The Great Films, because this is basically an entire film but it's also basically ONE big, great scene. It's a film composed entirely one single tracking shot. If you know anything about films at all, this is a pretty difficult, ballsy thing to do because one mistake can ruin the entire thing. It's pretty ambitious too since the film basically covers big highlights of Russian history and is shot in a huge museum. After watching this film, I immediately watched it again and turned on the commentary to find out what it was like to make it. Some people have said that it's just a gimmick but even if you think it's just a gimmick, it still does not take away that it is an impressive achievement. 

3 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

This sounds seriously interesting man, it's certainly innovative, I'll check it out later on when I have more time, thanks for sharing this buddy.

Mark said...

I don't think you can call that just a gimmick. It would have taken time and care to do, and pull off effectively, so well done to them.

Bersercules said...

I heard about this and wanted to see it for so long! Now I know its name! Thanks for this!!

I wonder how many times they re shot it?!