Some highly rated Russian movies include Alexander Sokurov’s “Russian Ark,” Sergei Eisenstein’s “Battleship Potemkin” and Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker.” These influential films are landmarks of both Russian and world cinema.
Winning admiration from figures as diverse as filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, writer Susan Sontag and politician Vladimir Putin, Alexander Sokurov is one of Russia’s most respected filmmakers, and “Russian Ark” is one of his most ambitious films. Shot in one continuous, 96-minute take, the film glides through Russia’s Hermitage Museum, examining the country’s history through a series of elaborate scenes and set pieces.
Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film “Battleship Potemkin” emerged as Russia reinvented itself following the Bolshevik Revolution, and the film’s plot of a naval rebellion against Tsarist officers marks it as a work of nationalist propaganda. However, the film’s artistry transcends its political leanings, and “Battleship Potemkin” is one of the most acclaimed films in Russian cinema. Eisenstein’s use of montages influenced countless directors, and the film’s most dramatic scenes are still powerful nearly a century later.
Complex, philosophical and psychological, Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” ranks among the most respected films by one of Russia’s most respected directors. Resembling science fiction, the film takes viewers on a journey into the Zone, a dangerous, dreamlike space that promises to satisfy visitors’ most intimate desires. This long, allusive, symbol-rich film demands viewers’ complete attention, but many critics deem it Tarkovsky’s masterpiece.