Russian Ark was filmed in the Winter Palace. This building was considered the official milestone of Bolshevik attacks during the “October Revolution.” Alexander Sokurov shatters that “revolutionary milestone” with a tour through Russian history and culture. Leon Trotsky is probably crying about this in hell and calling for a second “revolution.”
Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope pretends to be filmed in one single shot. Rope was actually filmed in 10 different shots(color film reels had a maximum length of 10 minutes during this period). Russian Ark is a nice follow-up to Hitchcock’s revolutionary experiment. Sokurov succeeds in his groundbreaking cinematic experiment. It makes me wonder if Russian Ark’s artistic success will start a new movement of single shot feature length films.