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What's your favorite film by Aleksandr Sokurov?

haven't seen any
3 (27.3%)
don't like any
1 (9.1%)
Dni zatmeniya (Days of the Eclipse)
1 (9.1%)
Save and Protect
0 (0%)
The Second Circle
0 (0%)
The Stone
0 (0%)
Whispering Pages
0 (0%)
Spiritual Voices
0 (0%)
Mother and Son
1 (9.1%)
Moloch
0 (0%)
Taurus
0 (0%)
Elegy of a Voyage
0 (0%)
Russian Ark
2 (18.2%)
Father and Son
1 (9.1%)
The Sun
0 (0%)
Alexandra
0 (0%)
Faust
2 (18.2%)
Francofonia
0 (0%)

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Sokurov, Aleksandr
« on: October 27, 2010, 02:18:18 PM »
1. Mother and Son
2. Aleksandra
3. Russian Ark



Based on the stunning beauty of Mother and Son, I'd like to see more.  But I was pretty bored with Russian Ark and found the gimmick tiresome after about 20 minutes.
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Re: Director's Best: Aleksandr Sokurov
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010, 02:19:57 PM »
Haven't seen any

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Re: Director's Best: Aleksandr Sokurov
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2010, 02:44:46 PM »
I was totally bored with Russian Ark as well. And I'm pretty sure I fell asleep during The Second Circle, which is a shame, because I'm guessing that film is pretty great.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Director's Best: Aleksandr Sokurov
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2010, 02:49:12 PM »
I really liked Russian Ark, that's the only one I've seen.
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Re: Director's Best: Aleksandr Sokurov
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2010, 04:10:09 PM »
I really liked Russian Ark, that's the only one I've seen.

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Re: Sokurov, Aleksandr - Director's Best
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2010, 08:58:00 PM »
Saw Days of the Eclipse, but found it pretty trying. Seen half of Russian Ark, but gave up. Kinda keen to see more, but he's not high on the list.

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Re: Sokurov, Aleksandr - Director's Best
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2010, 09:10:24 PM »
I am sorry guys but you need to be Russian to truly understand how awful this "director" is.  All the actors mumble and talk over each other so you can only pick up snippets of conversation, the subtitles make the dialogue clearer by picking and choosing what to translate and by liberating it from the background noise.  Russian is a very tough language, but you should all learn it just to appreciate the awfulness of these films.
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Re: Sokurov, Aleksandr - Director's Best
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2010, 09:26:27 PM »
I am sorry guys but you need to be Russian to truly understand how awful this "director" is.  All the actors mumble and talk over each other so you can only pick up snippets of conversation, the subtitles make the dialogue clearer by picking and choosing what to translate and by liberating it from the background noise.  Russian is a very tough language, but you should all learn it just to appreciate the awfulness of these films.

My mother is a professional Russian translator.  She loved Mother and Son almost as much as I did.  She didn't care much for Russian Ark (like myself) but she did have this to say about the language:

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Russians were so big on authority at the time that they had a special vocabulary of subservience--a vocabulary that was fairly elaborate and structured.  It is very much in use in this movie.

Some say that this obsequious language came into being during the long period when Russia was "under the Mongol yoke." This movie, made after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, made me realize that some changes brought about by communism may have been improvements.

Anyone interested in brushing up on spoken Russian would do well to watch this film, for all its faults.  There is no dialogue to speak of--just slow-paced narration in standard Russian.
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Re: Sokurov, Aleksandr - Director's Best
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2010, 09:31:52 PM »
I am sorry guys but you need to be Russian to truly understand how awful this "director" is.  All the actors mumble and talk over each other so you can only pick up snippets of conversation, the subtitles make the dialogue clearer by picking and choosing what to translate and by liberating it from the background noise.  Russian is a very tough language, but you should all learn it just to appreciate the awfulness of these films.

Sounds like Robert Altman. . . .
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Re: Sokurov, Aleksandr - Director's Best
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2010, 09:55:29 PM »
I am sorry guys but you need to be Russian to truly understand how awful this "director" is.  All the actors mumble and talk over each other so you can only pick up snippets of conversation, the subtitles make the dialogue clearer by picking and choosing what to translate and by liberating it from the background noise.  Russian is a very tough language, but you should all learn it just to appreciate the awfulness of these films.

Sounds like Robert Altman. . . .

Good to know I should avoid this guy then...