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  • Actors: Alexander Sokurov
  • Directors: Alexander Sokurov
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Russian, Spanish, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ideale Audience
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the uncompromising vision of Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) comes ELEGY OF A VOYAGE two short films caught in the cross-section of painting and film.
In ELEGY OF A VOYAGE, Sokurov crosses vast landscapes, sails the high seas, and stumbles through congested cities to arrive at the doors of the empty Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam. Only then does he discover that the goal of his voyage was to bask in the power of St. Marys Square, a beautiful landscape by Peter Saenredam. In HUBERT ROBERT, A FORTUNATE LIFE, Sokurov meditates on the work of French romantic painter Hubert Robert, whose paintings of lost ruins evoke the same nostalgia and lyricism of Sokurov s own films.
With the ambience of tone poems, Sokurovs two films serve as moody confessionals of the director s personal style and peculiar tastes.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Yoselovich Boris on July 7, 2007
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Alongside with his full-length features Sokurov has made many excellent documentaries where his artistic talent proves to be in full scale.Two short films on this DVD are both quiet and beautiful meditations on art,memory,time and religion.Both movies require serious concentration of thought and the result is truly rewarding.It's just a pity that his "Oriental Elegy" and "Dolce..." aren't available yet.I just hope that "Ideale Audience International" will release them in the nearest future.For all Sokurov fans highly recomended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RHC on October 2, 2011
Genesis. Cosmos. Creation. Birth. Life. Death. Narration:[quote]In the beginning there was a tree, an autumn tree. It had lost its leaves. But there was fruit on it left for the birds.

Snow fell already. Strange clouds appeared, as if it were summer, not autumn. The sky was dark and deep. Thunder could be heard. There was movement over the water. There were birds. Birds who flew for no other reason than beauty alone. Then the clouds changed. The sky became flat. The light shone upon G-d's command.

A scent of lilacs...Then the flight over water, deep and dangerous.

I was afraid of falling. Someone left me. I started to feel better. I breathed deeply. Then movement started. I realized it was winter. I was cold. I could almost touch the road. So smooth and transparent. Houses appeared, like an abandoned village under a cold sun. Windows, roofs. And the people? It must be noon, but where are the people? Grey buildings, like prisons. Then came the fog.

I found myself on a clearing.[/quote]The world created out of darkness and winter and fear, child born, movement, then abandoned, G-dless, fatherless, nationless, but grateful for the freedom of free will. Fragile berry fruit tree, its branches, to borrow a Plath verselet, stiffened and frozen into place like burnt nerves, a wintry tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil with "fruit on it left for the birds". The fruit of this tree teaching the cycle of life and nourishment and struggle and survival and death and rebirth and beauty.

Spectacular scenery of leaden winter clouds in heavens in the darkest dark of the night overlooking black wintry landscapes. Lunar ambiance and lunar silence and lunar seclusion.
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