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Aleksandr Sokurov
Russian Ark
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Price £20, $28.50
ISBN 9781783207039
Paperback 80 pages
170 x 230mm
Published November 2016
Imprint: Intellect
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Russian Ark (2002) drew astonished praise for its technique: shot with a Steadicam in one ninety-six minute take, following the Marquis de Custine as he wandered through the vast Winter Palace – and through three hundred year of Russian history. Providing a comprehensive synopsis, in-depth analysis and an account of the production history, Beumers offers an insight into the now-legendary work of Aleksandr Sokurov.

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'Birgit Beumers’ book is an excellent primer on the movie, contextualizing it and presenting the critical reception and scholarly analysis the motion picture has inspired. At once a production history, a film analysis and a history of the museum, the Chair of the Film Studies Department at Aberystwyth University has written a concise and thought-provoking volume. Based on interviews, research and an interpretation of the digital movie, Dr. Beumers explores the contradictions and controversies for viewers, scholars and critics responding to the film, which celebrates Russian modern history and Russian nationalism by focusing on an international collection of Western European Art, featuring mostly art collected by the strong and charismatic Empress Catherine II.' – N.A.Cordova, PopMatters

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