122 Great Directors: Alexander Sokurov

“Anyone who would like to work in film – you have to know everything. You have to know more than everyone on the crew. It’s the biggest challenge in being a director.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Russian Ark.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Only saw Faust, which…uh. Need to rewatch.

What Did I Watch: Russian Ark.

Where Does He Fit: Well, this is a terrifyingly dense piece of work, but it’s also so much fun to watch. It seems to be facing up against the whole of Russian history with its single take that Eisenstein, Dovzhenko, and Barnet would have hated, while the tour of the events that is nevertheless not quite right is all about the experience of moving through time…but what does it all really mean? Whatever: the point is, this movie is genuinely enjoyable to watch in its puckish humor and strange jokes that are captured in a single stretch. The babbling is coherent, and the sights are worth seeing. Madness, and you could probably never make it in any other country.


Most Valuable Asset: A sense of the past.
Most Excited For: Mother and Son.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: William Friedkin, cynical 70s breakout.


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