"Elegy of a Voyage /
Hubert Robert, A Fortunate Life"
Directed by Alexander Sokurov
From Alexander Sokurov (Russian
Ark) comes two shorts caught in the cross-section of painting and
film. In Elegy of a Voyage (2002, 47 minutes), "a rapturous
meditation haunted by moonlight and falling snow" (The Village Voice),
Sokurov crosses vast terrain, 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. Mary's Square, a beautiful landscape by
Peter Saenredam. In Hubert Robert, A Fortunate Life (1996, 26
minutes), the director meditates on the work of French romantic artist
Hubert Robert, whose paintings of lost ruins evoke the same nostalgia and
lyricism of Sokurov's own moody films. Russian with optional English,
Spanish, and Italian subtitles.