The invention of the Steadicam in 1975 freed the camera from the the movements of operator, offered unparalleled fluidity of motion, and made possible shots of a complexity previously unimaginable. Alexander Sokurov brought this technology to full bear with his audacious, dream-like journey through the art and figures of Russian history at the Russian State Hermitage, filmed in one single, mind-blowing, unbroken shot.

Film Club: Innovations and Innovators

Few art forms have been in so constant a state of reinvention as that of motion pictures. From their introduction as novelty arcade attractions in the 1890s to their recent transition to purely digital image sensors and theatrical projection systems, the movie industry has consistently acted as a staging area for new ideas and cutting-edge technologies that have transformed filmmaker’s capacity to reach, and exceed the limits of imagination. Over the next coming months, The Music Hall Film Club will celebrate some of the technological milestones that made movies what they are today.

Hosted by Trevor Bartlett

Running Time: 1h 39m • NR • Russia (subtitles)

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