ABSTRACT This paper analyzes how Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark treats the complex relationship of Russia and Europe, considering their history not as a fact but as a poetic construction. The film demonstrates how nostalgia for an imaginary past often produces various forms of historical erasure and national myths of origin.
FLOATING ON THE BORDERS OF EUROPE SOKUROV'S RUSSIAN ARK
KRISS RAVETTO-BIAGIOLI is the author of The Unmaking of Fascist Aesthetics (University of Minnesota Press) and various articles on Eastern European cinema. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, where she is completing a book on cinema on the borders of Europe.
Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli; FLOATING ON THE BORDERS OF EUROPE SOKUROV'S RUSSIAN ARK. Film Quarterly 1 September 2005; 59 (1): 18–26. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2005.59.1.18
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