Zozo
10,000 BC

Russkiy kovcheg (2002)
Drama,Fantasy,History
Russian
"2000 cast members, 3 orchestras, 33 rooms, 300 years, ALL IN ONE TAKE "
A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.
Sergei Dontsov The Stranger (The Marquis de Custine) (as Sergei Dreiden)
Mariya Kuznetsova Catherine The Great
Leonid Mozgovoy The Spy
Mikhail Piotrovsky Himself (Hermitage Director)
David Giorgobiani Orbeli
Aleksandr Chaban Boris Piotrovsky
Lev Yeliseyev Himself
Oleg Khmelnitsky Himself
Alla Osipenko Herself
Artyom Strelnikov Talented Boy
Tamara Kurenkova Herself (Blind Woman)
Maksim Sergeyev Peter the Great
Natalya Nikulenko Catherine the Great
Yelena Rufanova First Lady
Yelena Spiridonova Second Lady
Konstantin Anisimov First Cavalier
Aleksei Barabash Second Cavalier
Ilya Shakunov Third Cavalier
Anna Aleksakhina Alexandra Fyodorovna, Wife of Nicholas II
Vladimir Baranov Nicholas II
Valentin Bukin Military Official
Svetlana Gajtan Museum Custodian
Vadim Gushchin Grandee of Catherine The Great
Kirill Dateshidze Master of Ceremonies
Mikhail Dorofeyev First Card Player
Valentina Yegorenkova Maid of Honor of Catherine The Great
Oleg Yefremov Museum Official
Sergei Losev Court Official (as Sergey Losev)
Vadim Lobanov Lord Chamberlain
Vladimir Lisetsky Court Minister
Aleksandr Malnykin Servant of Peter The Great
Kirill Miller Court Official
Victor Mikhailov Court Official
Sergei Muchenikov Museum Official
Sergei Nadporozhny Court Official
Yuri Orlov Grandee of Catherine The Great
Aleksandr Razbash Museum Official
Vladimir Sevostyanikhin Under-Tutor of the Heir (as Vladimir Sevastyanikhin)
Boris Smolkin Chancellor Nesselrode
Yevgeni Filatov Second Card Player
Yuri Khomutyansky Insane Italian
Anatoli Shvedersky Marshall
Valery Gergiev Conductor
The State Hermitage Orchestra Orchestra
Yuri Ageikin
Alexander Andreev (as Alexander Andreyev)
Dimitri Alexandrov (as Dmitiri Alexandrov)
Alexander Alexeyev
Andrey Arshinnikov
Ismat Ashurov
Artashes Aleksanyan (as Artashes Alexanyan)
Dmitri Bekoyev
Vladimir Belovolsky
Alexander Balonin
Galina Burkina
Suren Vartanov
Sergei Vasilyev
Igor Volkov
Roman Gabriya
Ivan Guskov
Nikolai Gravshin
Konstantin Demidov
Anatoli Dubanov (as Anatoly Dubanov)
Mikhail Yegorov (as Michail Yegorov)
Olga Yetseyova
Alexey Yemelyanov
Yulian Zhulin (as Julian Zhurin)
Dmitry Zelnitsky
Dmiitry Zebrov (as Dmitry Zebrov)
Arseny Ivankovich
Yefim Ioffe (as Yefim Yoffe)
Svetlana Kushakova
Tamara Kolesnikova
Olga Kalmykova
Valentina Kasyanova
Yuri Kalugin (as Yury Kalugin)
Michail Karavayev
Victor Kraslansky
Vladimir Cknat
Valeri Kozinets (as Valery Kozinets)
Aleksei Krymov (as Alexey Krymov)
Andrey Kovel
Andrey Letnikov
Mikhail Legkov
Konstantin Lukonin
Konstantin Mukchin
Yefim Malkov
Pavel Novikov
I. Okrepilov (as Igor Okrepilov)
Irina Osnovina
Ekaterina Polyakova
Yelene Pavlikova
Oleg Palmov
Sergey Remizov
Ruslan Sadykov
Julia Sergeyeva
Vladimir Solovyov
Dzhafar Rasulov
Valeri Smolyakov (as Valery Smolyakov)
Svetlana Svirko Alexandra Fedorovna, Wife of Nicholas I
Michail Colovyov
Semyon Sytnik
Boris Sokolov
Irina Tychinina
Nikolai Fyodortsov (as Nikolay Fedortsov)
Valeri Filonov (as Valery Filonov)
Darya Khudyakova
Vladimir Chernyshov
Anatoly Chernigin
Ekaterina Shimelyeva
Andrei Shchepochkin (as Andrey Schepochkin)
Anya Antonelly
Marsha Libova
Ira Lebedeva
Katya Ponomoveva
Anya Penny
Anya Solovyova
Pavel Titov
Polina Uranova
Sasha Shupovaloa
Sergey Agatomov
Alexander Anchukov
Shamil Boltacheyev
Yegor Bakulin
Alexander Bassov
Olga Belyavskaya
Mark Gavrilov
Natalya German-Tzarkova
Yekaterina Gorokhovskaya
Svetlana Gmedina
Anna Gorodko
Helena Gorbunova
Alexander Derzhenov
Maxim Doronin
Yekaterina Drunova
Julia Zhuravlyona
Yury Zagrebnev
Anna Yekaterininskaya
Sergey Yelikov
Sergey Katyashka
Valentin Kuzinetsov
Aleksandr Kulikov Fourth Cavalier
Aleksandra Kulikova (as Alexandra Kulikova)
Alexander Kulatko
Alisa Kondratyeva
Marianna Kostyakina
Dmitry Lemoshev
Oksana Klotko
Natalya Kadochnikova
Mariya Lavrova (as Maria Lavrova)
Margarita Lukina
Oksana Merzlyakova
Maria Mescheryakova
Artur Mkrtchan
Alla Oding
Alexander Orlov
Alexey Oding
Kirill Petrov
Rodion Prikhodka
Asya Razhouk
Sergei Romanyuk (as Sergey Romanyuk)
Andrey Rodimov
Julia Rudina
Yelena Simonova
Vanda Starodubtsova
Irina Ternovova
Alexander Trofimov
Svetlana Ulyanova
Kirill Ulyanov
Tatyana Uchayeva
Alexey Fedkin
Boris Khasanov
Alexander Tsybulsky
Vsevolod Tsarilo
Rasina Tsydalko
Irina Tsyplukhina
Alexander Shaporov
Asya Shirshina
Asya Shibarova
Julia Shubarova
Pavel Yanutsh
Aleksandr Alekseyev
Svetlana Nemirovskaya
Svetlana Smirnova Widow (uncredited)
Aleksandr Sokurov The Time Traveller (voice) (uncredited)
Producer: Andrey Deryabin,Jens Meurer,Karsten Stöter
Writer: Boris Khaimsky,Anatoli Nikiforov
Technically impressive, content-wise it was interesting rather than engaging
An unnamed and unseen filmmaker finds himself in the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg in what appears to be the 18th Century. No one seems to be able to see him except his travelling companion, Frenchman Marquis de Custine, who he talks to. Together the two of them go around the museum, flitting between time as they go, gradually covered 300 years of Russian history.

I was drawn to this film as I have recently had to install digital television in my house (just for 24!) and I figured that I might as well see what the channels had to offer. After working out that I had access to numerous shopping channels I also found that I had BBC4, the arts and history channel, and that it was to be showing this film. I was interested in it not for my love of Russian history but for the fact that it was done in one take and, for that reason, I quite enjoyed it.

As far as plot goes, I really think you need to have an existing knowledge of Russian history as this film will not help you understand anything about it other than a passing impression. This was the case for me as I know next to nothing of the history, but I was still able to gleam some things about the political relationships between Russia and Europe as well as some of the main players. However it never got to the point where I was taken or engaged by the material; interested is perhaps a more fitting word to use - and that's still a good thing.

Technically the film is gripping and very impressive. Much was made of Snake Eye's 20 minute one-take opening (even thought it was actually 3 takes) or Goodfella's seamless move from street to table, but this film blows them away. I cannot even imagine the sheer logistics involved in creating such an effect. It would be impressive if the film was all shot in one room with a few cast members, but this film moves around the museum with a cast of thousands and set pieces that vary from two people looking at paintings to a massive ballroom scene. I was held totally impressed by the whole film as the entire one take was delivered seamlessly, without flaw. For this reason the acting is impressive whether it is Dontsov's acerbic Frenchman or just some extra's - everyone had to get it right bang on time and they did.

Overall this film will be a masterpiece if you have a good working knowledge and understanding of Russian history. However even if you don't know that much (like me), the technical aspect of this film will impress you no end even if the material is best seen as `interesting' at best.

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Imdb rating: 7.1
Musician: Sergei Yevtushenko
Running time: 99 min
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Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [Russian]
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