- 1. I open my eyes
and I see nothing.
- 2. I only remember
there was some accident.
- 3. Everyone ran for safety
as best they could.
- 4. As best they could.
- 5. As for what happened to me,
I just can't remember.
- 6. How strange. Where am I?
- 7. Judging by the clothes,
this must be the 1800s.
- 8. Where are they rushing off to?
- 9. What if we are denied entry?
- 10. I've never been so frightened.
- 11. Remember, the girl in white is mine.
- 12. Where are you going?
- 13. It's cold! Close the doors.
- 14. Quickly! Quickly!
- 15. Keep moving.
- 16. Those officers don't know the way.
- 17. Can it be that I'm invisible?
- 18. Or do they just not notice me?
- 19. Interesting.
- 20. Has all this been staged for me?
- 21. Am I expected to play a role?
- 22. What kind of play is this?
- 23. Let's hope it's not a tragedy.
- 24. Which way do we go?
- 25. Which way do we go?
Maybe this way.
- 26. No. We'll go this way.
- 27. That man in black,
he's wandering about too.
- 28. He nods to me, but goes away.
- 29. Pardon me for speaking before
we've been properly introduced.
- 30. What city is this?
- 31. What city is this?
Well, everyone speaks Russian.
- 32. I so hoped this was Chambord
during the Directory.
- 33. - What language are we speaking?
- 34. Russian?
- 35. How strange.
I never knew Russian before.
- 36. What are they doing in there?
- 37. - Shall we go in?
- Where, in there?
- 38. Something is going on.
- 39. What on earth am I doing here?
- 40. I suddenly speak Russian.
- 41. I want to leave.
Your curiosity is not amusing.
- 42. Could all this be theater?
- 43. No, no. Farewell.
- 44. No. Our paths must part.
- 45. Farewell.
You have answered all my questions.
- 46. - Farewell then.
- Where does this door lead to?
- 47. What a pity.
- 48. We may never meet again.
- 49. He was obviously a foreigner.
- 50. When will an opportunity like that
- 51. It's best not to get involved in this.
- 52. Let's not disturb them.
- 53. In any case, it's much too late.
- 54. Sir. Sir, I'm here.
- 55. My Russian cicerone.
Do you know the way?
- 56. - Yes, let's go together.
- This is your country.
- 57. Yes, but not my century.
How did I come to be here?
- 58. I think I saw Peter the Great.
- 59. I hear delight in your voice.
Was it interesting?
- 60. Yes, very interesting.
- 61. Really.
- 62. In Asia, tyrants are adored.
- 63. The more terrible the tyrant,
the more his memory is cherished.
- 64. Alexander the Great, Timur
and your Peter the Great.
- 65. You're wrong about Peter.
- 66. He taught Russians
to enjoy themselves.
- 67. A spiral staircase.
Where has everyone disappeared to?
- 68. I see. But why?
- 69. What's so interesting up there?
- 70. You'll see.
- 71. Peter, the man who ordered
his own son's execution.
- 72. The same man who taught the people
to enjoy life. How funny.
- 73. I thought you knew
where we were going.
- 74. He built a European city
upon a swamp.
- 75. He introduced order
of the most primitive kind.
- 76. - Where are they going?
- But the city is still European.
- 77. To a party.
But why by the back staircase?
- 78. They were taught to have fun.
So they go to parties.
- 79. And the officer and the lady?
- 80. - At the party.
- Where are they?
- 81. They've gone to the underworld.
Down, down, down!
- 82. And they are no more.
- 83. Be careful.
The stairs are steep, and it's dark.
- 84. Thank you. I can see.
- 85. Do you know where we are?
- 86. No, I don't know yet.
- 87. I don't know yet.
- 88. Sir, be careful.
- 89. Don't betray our presence.
- 90. There's no need to remind me.
- 91. Don't forget it was me
who brought you here.
- 92. Please don't be offended.
- 93. And you, don't get too close
to the actors.
- 94. Bend down.
- 95. You're beautiful.
- 96. - Stop pushing.
- Don't scratch me.
- 97. - Why is she pushing me?
- You're pushing too.
- 98. What an impressive orchestra.
- 99. They must be Europeans.
- 100. No, they're Russian musicians.
- 101. No, Europeans.
- 102. Italians.
- 103. They're Russians, for God's sake.
- 104. Well?
- 105. I say it's good.
- 106. Very good!
- 107. I need to pee!
- 108. I can't hold it in anymore.
- 109. No, no.
- 110. No. What? What?
- 111. Yes. Yes.
- 112. Sir. Sir.
- 113. Don't shout.
- 114. - Where are you?
- Here. My God, it's Catherine the Great.
- 115. Follow me.
- 116. I love the 18th century -
a time of genius and manners.
- 117. I would have to agree with you.
- 118. - Never contradict me.
- Very well.
- 119. Where's the czarina? Gone.
- 120. Russia is like a theater.
- 121. Careful.
- 122. I think I know where we are.
- 123. These petty officials.
How pretentious they are.
- 124. Don't lag behind, sir.
- 125. I'm not lagging.
I think we're speaking too loudly.
- 126. No matter. They're completely deaf.
- 127. I'm careful. I won't touch anyone.
- 128. It's all theater.
- 129. What actors.
And what costumes.
- 130. Thank you, sirs. Thank you.
- 131. They don't see me.
They don't see me.
- 132. Just like the Vatican.
- 133. Truly. It's like we're in the Vatican.
- 134. Those reliefs are painted,
are they not?
- 135. What naturalism.
- 136. Look at them.
- 137. Weren't those decorations inspired
by sketches of Raphael?
- 138. Raphael, yes.
- 139. Better than the Vatican.
This is St. Petersburg.
- 140. So they're copies?
- 141. Your authorities don't
have faith in your own artists.
- 142. Russians are so talented
- 143. And why?
- 144. Because you don't have
ideas of your own.
- 145. Your authorities don't want you
to have them.
- 146. In fact, they are as lazy
as all the rest of you.
- 147. Just lazy.
- 148. Lazy.
- 149. There was a gallery there for paintings.
- 150. - On the upper floor.
- 111 paintings - Italian masters.
- 151. - True, not the best masters.
- Not the best.
- 152. The czars were mainly Russophiles.
- 153. But they dreamed of Italy.
- 154. Wasn't the Hermitage created
to satisfy those dreams?
- 155. - Raphael isn't for you.
- Not for us.
- 156. For Italy.
- 157. It's warm there.
- 158. It's warm there.
- 159. What beauty.
- 160. The small Italian gallery.
- 161. The small Italian gallery.
- 162. Who are these people?
- 163. From which era are they from?
- 164. Do you see that vase?
- 165. I see. I see.
Empire style is everywhere.
- 166. And those Voronikhin lamps.
- 167. Lamps, lamps, lamps.
- 168. Empire. Empire. Empire.
- 169. I have no enthusiasm for Empire style.
- 170. That style is too silly.
- 171. Don't forget it was born
- 172. Then it became fashionable here
- 173. to the point of becoming
the national style
- 174. to the detriment of its originality.
- 175. We battled Napoleon,
not the Empire style.
- 176. Who are they? Who are these people?
- 177. The people of St. Petersburg,
after the city ceased being the capital.
- 178. It's better that way.
- 179. A capital city should be an ancient city,
- 180. Like Moscow. Who are these people?
- 181. Should I introduce you?
- 182. - Only if it's not impolite.
- No, they are friends.
- 183. Then let's.
- 184. This is Oleg Konstantinovich,
professor of medicine.
- 185. Lev Mikhailovich, actor.
- 186. Shouldn't they rise?
- 187. This is my European friend.
He is visiting Russia.
- 188. - My pleasure.
- He's European.
- 189. Medicine is a fine profession.
- 190. I haven't spoken to anyone
for a long time
- 191. aside from my new companion.
- 192. Such a long time.
What is that odor?
- 193. What odor?
- 194. A curious odor.
- 195. - Have you been in St. Petersburg long?
- For an hour.
- 196. And you came straight here?
- 197. - I had my reasons.
- You must love art.
- 198. Are you interested in beauty
or just its representation?
- 199. - No, Marquis. We're here to rest.
- 200. - This is how you rest?
- Just so.
- 201. Today, Oleg Konstantinovich
and I have come here -
- 202. It smells of formaldehyde.
- 203. Yes, formaldehyde.
- 204. Marquis, I'll show you
a splendid painting.
- 205. These men are emitting
a very strange odor.
- 206. Marquis, this is
the Birth of John the Baptist.
- 207. The marquis smells of formaldehyde.
- 208. I know this painting.
I saw it on my last visit here.
- 209. It comes from Paris,
from the Crozat collection.
- 210. Catherine acquired it in 1772.
- 211. One of the earliest pieces
of the Hermitage collection.
- 212. Such information, that's for specialists.
- 213. For us, the details are more interesting.
- 214. Look closely here.
- 215. See in the foreground?
A chicken and a cat.
- 216. They are symbolic figures.
- 217. The chicken represents greed, avarice.
- 218. The cat - cynicism and cruelty.
- 219. Cynicism and cruelty. The cat.
- 220. They are both calmed
by the birth of John.
- 221. How interesting.
- 222. Very, very interesting.
- 223. Why is he dressed like that?
- 224. For example, the Cleopatra-
what do you know about it?
- 225. Massimo Stanzione.
- 226. The Cleopatra is on the same wall
- 227. a s t h e Circumcision of Christ'
by the pious Ludovico Cardi.
- 228. - What bothers you?
- What bothers me?
- 229. Right next to Saint Cecilia?
Can you imagine!
- 230. By Carlo Dolci.
- 231. And next to an Eastern still life!
- 232. - Why does that bother you?
- Don't argue, Oleg.
- 233. As a Catholic, that shocks me.
- 234. What do you think of Wagner?
- 235. Wagner? Who is Wagner?
- 236. Oleg, he doesn't know Wagner.
- 237. Wagner is that child who behaved badly
with my best friend, Meyerbeer.
- 238. I have never listened to Wagner.
- 239. - Broaden your horizons.
- That doctor is so insistent.
- 240. - But I'm not sick.
- We wish you much success.
- 241. Sir, why are they badly dressed?
- 242. My friends, how could I think
that you would get along?
- 243. One day, I'll explain everything.
I'm in a strange situation.
- 244. Sir. Sir, why quarrel with everyone?
- 245. If you do, we will never discover
why we are here.
- 246. Such clothing kills
a man's creative essence.
- 247. Why do you find it necessary
to adopt European culture?
- 248. For what reason?
- 249. Why borrow also Europe's mistakes?
- 250. My God. What is all this?
- 251. What is it?
- 252. Mother!
- 253. Mother.
- 254. Canova!
- 255. What a sublime approach to art!
- 256. What feeling for the material!
- 257. How wonderful!
- 258. How wonderful. My God.
- 259. He is a true heir
to the masters of antiquity.
- 260. Canova almost married my mother.
- 261. Was your mother a sculptress?
- 262. Yes, a sculptress. In Rome.
- 263. In Rome?
Your mother, a sculptress.
- 264. In this Canova collection,
there are even sculptures
- 265. that Czar Alexander bought
from the wife -
- 266. The wife of Napoleon?
- 267. Yes. It was 1815,
I was at the Congress of Vienna.
- 268. What were you doing there?
- 269. - I was a diplomat.
- You were a diplomat?
- 270. This collection was the object
of a serious dispute.
- 271. Look where we are now.
- 272. Is this a dream?
- 273. I don't know. I don't know.
- 274. I don't know about you,
but I'm wide awake.
- 275. It's amazing
how well I speak Russian.
- 276. Yes, quite well.
- 277. Who was that small man?
- 278. Was that Pushkin?
- 279. - Good day.
- Good day.
- 280. Is that your great poet?
Your beloved one?
- 281. I read him in French.
- 282. Sir.
- 283. My God, how touchy you are.
- 284. Forgive me, please.
- 285. I'm sorry if I've offended
your nationalist sympathies.
- 286. “Nationalist sympathies.”
What is that?
- 287. What's that there?
- 288. - Sir. Please.
- Who is that?
- 289. Please don't be rash.
- 290. All alone, without a chaperone?
- 291. It would be wiser
not to talk to that lady.
- 292. Don't bother her.
- 293. Let's move along.
- 294. Excuse me, madam.
Have you lost your guide?
- 295. Thank you for asking,
but I know this place well.
- 296. Of course. Do you work here?
- 297. Not at all. I'm here to admire
the works of the old masters.
- 298. Would you accompany me
into the next salon?
- 299. To see the Flemish masters?
- 300. With pleasure.
Your slender fingers see all.
- 301. - 140 paces, straight ahead.
- 140 paces. Is that so?
- 302. How many are left?
- 303. Watch your step.
- 304. This way.
- 305. How dare you! Quiet!
- 306. - We're here.
- Yes, We're here.
- 307. Can we go closer to that painting?
- 308. Would you like me
to tell you about it?
- 309. Virgin with Partridges
by Van Dyck.
- 310. Catherine ll acquired it.
- 311. Would you like to tell me
about this painting?
- 312. Please, tell me.
- 313. See the calm and serenity
around the Madonna and Joseph.
- 314. - Joseph, yes.
- God protects them.
- 315. There is no doubt
about His unseen presence.
- 316. The apple tree represents life.
Sunflowers stand for piety.
- 317. On the upper right,
partridges symbolize frivolity.
- 318. - They're flying away.
- 319. Angels dance and play.
- 320. So many other symbols
that we can only guess about.
- 321. Sir, leave her be. She's an angel.
- 322. Why have you gone quiet?
- 323. The partridges, the children,
- 324. Thank you, madam. Thank you.
- 325. I highly value your opinion
on the works of Van Dyck.
- 326. You'll definitely be interested
in another painting.
- 327. Be very careful.
- 328. A Rubens.
- 329. Sir, do not disturb me.
- 330. Feast in the House
of Simon the Pharisee.
- 331. - Seventeen.
- I don't see it.
- 332. - Eighteen.
- Where is it?
- 333. The painting isn't here.
- 334. No, that painting isn't here.
- 335. It wasn't in the czar's collection.
- 336. Yes, it's here.
- 337. That particular Rubens is not here.
- 338. Yes. It was from
Lord Walpole's collection.
- 339. Like t h e Virgin with Per/fridges.
- 340. But that Rubens isn't on exhibit.
- 341. But it's here.
- 342. - Where are you?
- What a wonderful scent.
- 343. The scent of oils.
- 344. Sir.
- 345. Sir, let's leave here now.
- 346. - Where are you?
- No, let's stay a while.
- 347. What wonderful paintings.
- 348. What are those men counting?
- 349. You were right. I found it.
- 350. Let's take a closer look.
There it is.
- 351. We're almost there.
- 352. Face the painting directly.
- 353. There it is. There's the painting.
- 354. Yes, there it is.
- 355. Something to say about Rubens?
- 356. Van Dyck.
- 357. Rubens considered Van Dyck
to be his best pupil.
- 358. You know, there was a time
when all these paintings
- 359. were placed much higher
and much closer to one another.
- 360. The czar himself
supervised how they were hung.
- 361. Who are you?
- 362. I'm a sailor.
- 363. - What are those insignias?
- 364. The czar visited his collection
- 365. He himself saved all this
during the fire.
- 366. - Which fire?
- The fire was in 1800 -
- 367. Are you asking me?
- 368. Enough, let's go.
- 369. It's time for me to go.
- 370. May I accompany you?
- 371. No. No.
- 372. What a pity.
- 373. I must ask you to leave.
- 374. The museum is closing.
- 375. Please see yourself to the exit.
- 376. Quiet. Close the doors.
- 377. The museum is closing.
- 378. - How was my scene?
- I wasn't impressed.
- 379. I was joking.
- 380. Joking.
- 381. - Do you hear music?
- I hear something.
- 382. Russian music makes me
break out in hives.
- 383. That has nothing to do
with the music.
- 384. Why do you look at me like that?
- 385. Rags. A dog.
- 386. Eternal people.
- 387. So, live on. Live on.
- 388. - You'll outlive them all.
- Eternal people.
- 389. What are you doing?
- 390. Eavesdropping?
- 391. Are you interested in painting?
- 392. What nice small hands.
- 393. Stay away from me.
- 394. Amen. Amen.
- 395. Beautiful, isn't it?
- 396. Beautiful. Beautiful.
- 397. - Are you Catholic?
- No, I'm not Catholic.
- 398. Why do you ask?
- 399. It seemed to me
that you were deep in thought
- 400. while admiring these images
of the founders of our Church.
- 401. I don't know.
- 402. I wasn't thinking about that.
- 403. You weren't thinking.
- 404. Do you know that those are
the apostles Peter and Paul?
- 405. Yes, that's what someone said.
- 406. That's what they said?
- 407. And so?
- 408. I was looking at them
because it gives me joy.
- 409. Gives you JOY-
- 410. One day, all men
will become like them.
- 411. Really?
- 412. How can you know
what will become of people
- 413. if you don't know the Scriptures?
- 414. Why aren't you saying anything?
- 415. Look at their hands.
- 416. The hands are beautiful. So?
- 417. How can you know
what will become of people
- 418. if you don't know the Scriptures?
- 419. As for you,
they're just two dusty old men.
- 420. Just flesh.
- 421. They're covered
with the dust of the road
- 422. as they appear in the painting.
- 423. - What happened?
- They are good and wise.
- 424. How could you know
what they're like
- 425. if you have not read the Gospels?
- 426. How could you know all that?
- 427. Sir, why are you frightening him?
He was already afraid.
- 428. He's not afraid.
- 429. - These people are never afraid.
- Leave him be.
- 430. Better to appreciate the scent
of the paintings.
- 431. It smells good.
- 432. Only you're not afraid of anything.
- 433. So strange to hear those words.
- 434. Now I understand.
We're in the gallery.
- 435. Yes, yes, yes.
- 436. I understand.
- 437. We're in the czar's gallery
- 438. near the portrait
of a medieval fanatic.
- 439. Where have we wandered to?
- 440. That music was good, after all.
- 441. - Who was the composer?
- 442. Glinka? A German.
- 443. A Russian.
- 444. A German. All composers are German.
- 445. All composers are German.
- 446. El Greco.
- 447. Very nice.
- 448. Looks like a Rembrandt.
- 449. El Greco. Dust from the road.
- 450. What dust from the road?
- 451. Nice, very nice.
- 452. - Something you don't like?
- Not at all.
- 453. It's nice, very nice.
- 454. Nice, very nice.
- 455. More flesh. Very nice.
- 456. These are nice paintings.
- 457. Nice paintings.
- 458. They're getting better and better.
- 459. There's an angel.
- 460. Pardon me for addressing you
without an introduction.
- 461. - To whom was that directed?
- 462. - To whom was that directed?
- 463. Do tell.
- 464. - I'm speaking to the painting.
- Speaking to -
- 465. Yes. How interesting.
- 466. - I must express myself.
- Do continue.
- 467. That's how to communicate with it.
- 468. Would you like to try?
- 469. I should try? Very well.
- 470. - Like that.
- Like this?
- 471. Now like this.
- 472. Now a turn.
- 473. And like this.
- 474. Sometimes I prefer to speak alone.
- 475. This painting and I,
we have a secret.
- 476. Really?
- 477. - Yes.
- Now it's over.
- 478. That's all, gentlemen.
- 479. Where are you going, madam?
- 480. She's offended. She has left.
- 481. She's left.
- 482. - Hello.
- Hello, hello.
- 483. Good-bye. Good-bye.
- 484. Farewell, gentleman.
- 485. How charming!
- 486. She's offended. But so charming.
- 487. Where has she gone?
- 488. Marble.
- 489. White, white...
- 490. stone.
- 491. It's cold, isn't it?
- 492. When you first came here,
it must have been a disaster.
- 493. That was just after the fire.
- 494. I have been here before,
but it's as if I have not.
- 495. What luxury.
- 496. What is that?
- 497. It was under the Convention
that everything was devastated.
- 498. You don't know 20th-century
- 499. Our Convention lasted 80 years.
- 500. A real revolution. Very sad.
- 501. What kind of system is there now?
- 502. I don't know.
- 503. I have never believed
that a republic was suitable
- 504. for a country as large as Russia.
- 505. You Europeans are democrats
who mourn the monarchy.
- 506. You are French, is that it?
- 507. - Stop. Who are you?
- And who are you?
- 508. Excuse us. We're lost.
- 509. - Please be on your way.
- Spare us! Spare us!
- 510. - You are forbidden here.
- Help us, please.
- 511. Who forbids it?
What is forbidden?
- 512. What language.
Everything is forbidden.
- 513. It's better not to argue. Let's leave.
- 514. We're going, We're going.
- 515. I know where we can hide.
- 516. I suddenly feel afraid.
I don't like military uniforms.
- 517. - Don't rush.
- There's a door ahead.
- 518. Not that door, sir.
- 519. But I like it.
Such a beautiful door.
- 520. No, not that one.
- 521. I have never been here.
- 522. Why is it so cold?
- 523. I told you not to enter.
- 524. What cold!
- 525. Frames. But where are -
- 526. Where are the canvases?
- 527. Let's go back, I beg you.
- 528. - Who's there?
- It's me.
- 529. - What's happening?
- Nothing. I simply entered.
- 530. - Come closer.
- I'm coming.
- 531. Maybe you need help, kind sir.
Maybe I can help.
- 532. What?
- 533. Who is the “kind sir”?
- 534. Me. You.
- 535. Not here, not there.
- 536. There is no one.
- 537. Only coffins and corpses.
- 538. Only coffins and corpses.
Come and see.
- 539. - I'm coming.
- That's my coffin.
- 540. - Your coffin?
- Yes, I made it myself.
- 541. Why that strange tone, kind sir?
- 542. Why are there coffins in the Hermitage?
- 543. Kind sir.
- 544. - It's my coffin.
- Your coffin?
- 545. - It's my coffin.
- Yours. All right.
- 546. - He looks well-fed.
- But where are the corpses?
- 547. Why do you ask where?
Don't step on the corpses.
- 548. He looks well-fed.
You stepped on the corpses!
- 549. - What happened?
- A war.
- 550. - What?
- A war.
- 551. Which war? Against whom?
- 552. - Against Germany.
- Germany? What is this “Germany”?
- 553. The unified German state.
- 554. In the 20th century,
Russia was at war with Germany.
- 555. The German army surrounded the city,
but the city did not surrender.
- 556. More than one million people died.
- 557. - What? More than one million?
- More than one million.
- 558. That's a high price to pay.
- 559. Very high.
- 560. St. Petersburg and the Hermitage
- 561. In Russia, it is said
that freedom knows no price.
- 562. - A very high price.
- Certainly high.
- 563. But maybe not so high.
- 564. - But it's already been paid.
- All the same, I was wrong.
- 565. I was wrong
- 566. when I criticized your czars
- 567. for all this beauty and opulence.
- 568. Even if they all were... tyrants.
- 569. Please. Not so loud.
- 570. But it is beautiful, isn't it?
- 571. What do you see? Who is it?
- 572. I'm not sure. Maybe Catherine.
- 573. Nothing could be less sure.
- 574. That's enough.
Lisa, bring the children.
- 575. Don't go too near her.
- 576. If it is Catherine,
she has a sixth sense.
- 577. Like this.
- 578. Lower. Lower.
- 579. That will be all.
- 580. The candles. The candles.
- 581. It's stuffy in here.
- 582. - There?
- Over here.
- 583. Over here.
- 584. No, benefactress, not there.
It's much too cold.
- 585. Just so. Just so.
- 586. But it's cold.
- 587. Sir!
- 588. Where are you?
- 589. I hear your footsteps.
Where are you?
- 590. Mortals should not chase after royalty.
- 591. Careful not to catch up with her.
- 592. I hear your footsteps.
- 593. I hear them.
- 594. Sir, what are you doing? it's cold.
- 595. - Come this way.
- Yes, it's cold.
- 596. Come on, let's go.
- 597. - She disappeared.
- I know.
- 598. - She disappeared again.
- Move aside.
- 599. - Do you know where to go?
- Help us.
- 600. - Come on, let's go.
- Isn't he letting us in?
- 601. Let us through. We are allowed.
- 602. Where is the door? Where is it?
- 603. Greetings.
- 604. Don't be shy. Come.
We won't stay long.
- 605. Where are you taking me?
- 606. Thank you very much.
A new hairstyle is necessary.
- 607. What beautiful hair you have.
- 608. Thank you.
- 609. They're offering us tea.
Will you have tea?
- 610. I don't want any, but they insist.
Where is the tea?
- 611. We're in a hurry. Where is it?
- 612. - I know I'm beautiful.
- Too beautiful.
- 613. What do you want me to say?
What can I say?
- 614. No, no! I can't explain.
- 615. I have nothing to say.
What is this?
- 616. - Did you write this book?
- Not me. He did.
- 617. Neither he nor I.
But he will dedicate it.
- 618. Follow me.
- 619. Sir, what are you looking at?
Shall we continue?
- 620. What do I see?
Nothing for the moment.
- 621. Some people are obviously waiting
- 622. Let's proceed with caution.
- 623. - These madmen could eat us.
- They liked your hair.
- 624. Of course. I'm a writer.
Good writers always have beautiful hair.
- 625. - Be more careful and quiet now.
- I'm following you.
- 626. - Close the doors quickly.
- The doors are closed.
- 627. When I was last received
here at the Winter Palace,
- 628. it was being renovated
after the terrible fire.
- 629. The parquet doesn't creak.
- 630. - The ambassador of Persia!
- Excuse us for being late.
- 631. Let's go, let's go.
- 632. The ambassador
of His Highness the Shah.
- 633. Excuse us. Excuse us.
- 634. Excuse us. Excuse us.
- 635. Prince Khozrow Mirza,
- 636. son of the future shah,
with his entourage.
- 637. - Do you know what is happening?
- 638. We're watching Nicholas I
- 639. as he receives an apology
from the Persian emissaries
- 640. regarding the murder
of Russian diplomats.
- 641. Griboedov was one, I think.
- 642. Excuse us.
- 643. How interesting.
- 644. Are you able to see?
- 645. What uniforms.
- 646. Luxury. Empire.
- 647. Power.
- 648. Look over there. Up ahead.
- 649. Get up on your tiptoes.
- 650. Can you see?
- 651. Yes, I see now.
- 652. One must not trust this world.
You are right.
- 653. Beware.
- 654. Court officials are cunning.
- 655. Some of them are mediums.
- 656. They can sense your presence.
- 657. Thank you for your advice.
We Geminis are curious by nature.
- 658. I'll go ahead. Maybe I'll meet
some of my old acquaintances.
- 659. Good luck. I'll find you later.
- 660. He's so young.
- 661. “Mighty Sovereign Emperor,
- 662. the peaceful nature of Persia
and the sacred union that exists
- 663. among His Majesty and the shah
both were upset by evil.
- 664. Under the influence of this power,
a frenzied Tehran crowd
- 665. committed unheard of acts of evil.
- 666. The resulting victim
was the Russian mission.
- 667. The honest heart of Fath 'Ali Shah
- 668. was horrified by the idea
that a handful of wrongdoers
- 669. might destroy our peace and union.
- 670. His Majesty the Shah
has sent me, his grandson,
- 671. to request that you, Sovereign,
erase from memory this event.
- 672. Let the world know that,
despite this terrible event,
- 673. two wise monarchs,
with their infinite wisdom,
- 674. speak openly
and vanquish all suspicion.
- 675. With the greatest joy,
I stand before you,
- 676. Your Imperial Majesty.
- 677. I carry out my grandfather's will -
- 678. that we strengthen peace
between our two peoples.”
- 679. “His Imperial Majesty
- 680. commands me
to assure Your Excellence
- 681. of his pleasure
at hearing your explanation,
- 682. as well as the righteous plea
of your sovereign.”
- 683. I've been observing you.
- 684. Who let you in here?
- 685. - You have no business here.
- No business at all.
- 686. Then you must leave at once.
- 687. Off you go, sir. Away.
- 688. - I had no intention of staying.
- 689. This ceremony will continue
for a few more hours still.
- 690. As a former diplomat,
I'm aware of that.
- 691. A terrible boredom will set in.
- 692. A terrible boredom.
- 693. Leave me alone.
- 694. - And what is that?
- What did you say?
- 695. I adore luxury and regal splendor.
- 696. Stasov wasn't a bad architect.
- 697. He loved discipline,
but left space for breathing.
- 698. We cannot stay here.
- 699. The ceremony will finish.
Then they will all come in.
- 700. My God.
- 701. This is Sévres porcelain.
- 702. My weakness.
- 703. - Beautiful.
- Yes, yes.
- 704. - It's inimitable.
- 705. This is the Cameo Service, isn't it?
- 706. Yes, it is.
- 707. Not so close, please.
- 708. What gold.
- 709. Sir, it's awkward
setting the table with you here.
- 710. You can admire it later
when you are seated.
- 711. What pure tones.
- 712. The blue and gold are enchanting.
- 713. And the wine sediment color.
- 714. Always such marvelous cooks
here in the Winter Palace.
- 715. Do you recall the taste of food?
- 716. No, I have forgotten.
- 717. You've forgotten.
- 718. Visit the other salons
while waiting for the dinner bell.
- 719. - That blue.
- Please, sir.
- 720. I beg you.
- 721. There's dancing. Come on.
- 722. I beg you. Please.
- 723. We beg you. Please.
- 724. We're getting out.
We're getting out.
- 725. They chased us out.
- 726. It's so dark here.
- 727. Heavens.
- 728. I see you have never seen a czar.
- 729. Nor emperors, nor grand princes
in all their magnificence.
- 730. Monarchy is not eternal.
- 731. You think I don't know that?
- 732. Don't I have the right
to dream a little?
- 733. We are free, you and I.
- 734. There's someone here.
Do you hear voices?
- 735. Sir, don't you hear them?
- 736. No, I don't hear anything.
- 737. Look. Someone is moving there.
- 738. Where?
- 739. Where?
- 740. Mr. Orbeli, I don't understand.
What has upset you so?
- 741. You and my father know that
no insects can harm this throne.
- 742. - It's made of silver and treated oak.
- It's not the throne.
- 743. I'm very worried.
- 744. Look at that velour from Lyon.
It's completely worn out.
- 745. - We'll restore it. Be patient.
- You don't have the time.
- 746. You're right, Boris.
We don't have time at all.
- 747. You won't ever see him again.
- 748. Speak.
- 749. He's your son.
- 750. What difficulty are they having?
They seem uncomfortable.
- 751. What do you expect?
- 752. You descend from the heavens
- 753. and no longer know how
to behave yourself.
- 754. Your son is the director of the Hermitage.
- 755. Like you and I before him.
- 756. The wars ahead - terrible wars.
- 757. But we managed to preserve all this
through the catastrophes.
- 758. I can't hear anymore.
Can you hear?
- 759. I can hear, but not very clearly.
- 760. What are they saying?
- 761. The elder Piotrovsky is asking
- 762. whether the director's telephone
is still under surveillance.
- 763. His son says, “Forget about that.
- 764. I'd rather talk to you
about the Hermitage cats.
- 765. The cats are still here.”
- 766. There are so many people
that I wasn't able to help.
- 767. Ten years have passed.
- 768. You know what I'm referring to.
- 769. But everyone speaks well of you.
- 770. Your books are still in print.
Those of Mr. Orbeli too.
- 771. That's particularly admirable.
- 772. The dead weep with joy
when their books are reprinted.
- 773. Especially 37 years later, Mikhail.
- 774. Is something still troubling you?
- 775. Is it the authorities?
- 776. They want acorns without oak trees.
- 777. They are not interested in knowing
how to nurture the tree of culture.
- 778. But it will be their doom
if the tree falls.
- 779. Then there will be nothing left.
Can't they understand that?
- 780. Mr. Orbeli, what awaits us?
- 781. - I'm coming.
- 782. - Listen, Mikhail.
- Let him go.
- 783. You're completely alone.
- 784. They won't tell him anything.
I know. Ask me.
- 785. I am asking you.
- 786. I know. Everyone can see the future,
- 787. but no one remembers the past.
- 788. Look how handsome they are.
Such fine young men!
- 789. Beautiful uniforms,
even if I don't like the military.
- 790. You didn't answer my question.
- 791. You don't know. You don't know anything.
- 792. Sir. Wait. Wait.
- 793. He doesn't hear me.
- 794. I must apologize.
- 795. They were talking about
all sorts of things.
- 796. I could hardly hear them.
- 797. I made it all up - about Orbeli.
About Piotrovsky too.
- 798. - Only God can judge you.
- I made it all up.
- 799. We are free, you and I.
You said it yourself.
- 800. Please, don't run.
- 801. Run. I can't keep up with you.
- 802. Little birds.
- 803. Children.
- 804. Anastasia, where are you going?
- 805. They are
- 806. so light.
- 807. You're always watching me.
- 808. - I have a bad feeling.
- Don't be alarmed.
- 809. Pray. And I shall pray for you.
- 810. Did you hear that?
- 811. Did you hear shots?
- 812. Calm down. God is with you.
- 813. I think someone is following us.
- 814. Calm yourself, Alexandra.
- 815. - If only Alexis could run.
- Calm yourself.
- 816. Doctors are good for nothing.
There is no hope.
- 817. It's my fault.
- 818. Children.
- 819. - Children, behave yourselves.
- Sorry, excuse us.
- 820. Come here, Anastasia.
- 821. Where were you?
I looked for you all morning.
- 822. - We were playing.
- Let's go.
- 823. Where is Alexis?
- 824. - Thank you. I can manage.
- Of course.
- 825. - Are you in pain?
- I'm fine, Mother.
- 826. Move your chair forward.
- 827. You're very strong.
- 828. You're late for tea.
- 829. - What?
- Forgive me, please.
- 830. Shall we forgive her?
What do you think?
- 831. Anastasia won't do it again.
- 832. See, it's all over.
- 833. Good-bye.
- 834. Why are these doors open?
- 835. Fly away, fly away-
- 836. Fly away, my little angels.
- 837. And here's their cage.
- 838. They're all here, of course.
- 839. There haven't been so many guests
for a long time.
- 840. Good evening.
- 841. Look at that strange fellow.
- 842. But...
- 843. where has my European gone to?
- 844. Where is he?
- 845. There he is.
- 846. He doesn't see me.
- 847. I should go up to him.
- 848. Otherwise he will be offended.
- 849. Sir! He can't hear me.
- 850. But I'll see him later.
- 851. Wouldn't it be nice
to jump about like that?
- 852. You know,
- 853. Aristarkh Konstantinovich
is being sent to Africa.
- 854. What a tiger. He could eat anyone.
- 855. Your mother has trained
the servants well.
- 856. You're doing very well.
The thing about the mazurka is -
- 857. We had an agreement.
- 858. More! More!
- 859. The Great Nicholas Hall
is ideal for dancing.
- 860. Thank you.
- 861. St. Petersburg has the best balls
- 862. Everyone is so easygoing.
Like one big family.
- 863. There must be over 3,000 people.
- 864. Maybe less.
- 865. I've forgotten everything!
- 866. I dance so poorly.
I've forgotten everything!
- 867. But it's all coming back to me.
- 868. Good. Very good.
- 869. How beautiful.
- 870. Thank you. Thank you.
- 871. More! More!
- 872. Where were you? I lost you.
- 873. I'm here. Here I am.
- 874. I lost you.
- 875. Lost you.
- 876. I'm sad.
- 877. - Let's go.
- Where to?
- 878. Where to? Forward.
- 879. Forward.
- 880. What will we find there?
- 881. What's there? I don't know.
- 882. I'm staying.
- 883. Farewell, Europe.
- 884. It's over.
- 885. You might say I grew up here.
- 886. I'm not quite myself.
- 887. As if I were
in someone else's house.
- 888. Listen up! Look here!
- 889. Listen up! Look here!
- 890. Poor man, your lady has gone away.
- 891. - Flown away like a bird.
- 892. In a flash.
- 893. Look around us.
- 894. The flower of Russian officers.
- 895. I have an idea.
Shall we dine together?
- 896. Good.
- 897. I'll wait downstairs.
Bring up the coach.
- 898. Have our coats brought up.
And don't lose them.
- 899. When we return to Kursk,
we must organize a ball.
- 900. Perhaps just before Lent.
- 901. We should invite your nephew,
as well as Vareneka.
- 902. Let him see her.
- 903. Nathalie!
- 904. It feels like we're floating.
- 905. Let me pass.
- 906. Sir.
- 907. Let me pass.
Let me pass.
- 908. Sir. Sir.
- 909. A pity you're not here with me.
- 910. You would understand everything.
- 911. Look.
- 912. The sea is all around.
- 913. And we are destined to sail forever,
- 914. to live forever.