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ANDREI TARKOVSKY

"The aim of art is to prepare a person for death."

Tarkovsky in hospital during filming of Mirror

"It seems to me that mankind has stopped believing in itself. That is, not "mankind" - such a thing does not exist- but each person for himself. When I think of today's man, I see him as a singer in a choir opening and closing his mouth in rhythm with the singing, but producing no tone. After all, the others are all singing! He just pretends to sing along, since he is convinced that the voices of the others suffice. He behaves this way because he no longer believes in the importance of his own personal actions- a man without faith, totally without hope of influencing through his own behavior the society in which he lives." - Andrei Tarkovsky (Cine Founddation International)

1932-86 USSR    
  • mostalghia.com
  • Senses of Cinema
  • Andliga Krigare
  • Nature as "Comfort Zone"
  • The Agitation of the Mind
  • hobo magazine: films of Tarkovsky
  • Green Integer Blog
  • MUBI: Tarkovsky's Legacy
  • Films Admired by Tarkovsky (in 1975):
      01 Diary of a Countryn Priest
      02 Winter Light
      03 Nazarin
      04 Wild Strawberries
      05 City Lights
      06 Ugetsu
      07 Seven Samurai
      08 Persona
      09 Mouchette
      10 Woman in the Dunes
      11 Earth
      12 8 1/2
      13 Ashes and Diamonds
      14 Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
      15 L'Atalante
      16 The Passion of Joan of Arc
      17 Once Upon a Time There Was
            a Singing Blackbird

      18 Shame
      19 L'avventura
      20 La notte
      21 L'eclisse
      22 Citizen Kane
      23 Throne of Blood
      24 The Color of Pomegranates
      25 Ivan the Terrible, Part I
      26 Through a Glass Darkly
      27 Un chien andalou
      28 The Lower Depths
      29 Ordet
      30 Cries and Whispers
      31 Falling Leaves
      32 By the Bluest of Seas
      33 The Lonely Voice of Man
      34 The Virgin Spring
      35 Zoya
      36 Pastorale


 
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Akira Kurosawa
Ingmar Bergman
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Hiroshi Teshigahara
Aleksandr Dovzhenko
Federico Fellini
Andrzej Wajda
Sergei Parajanov
Jean Vigo
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Jean Renoir
Carl Theodor Dreyer
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Otar Iosseliani
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Ingmar Bergman
Lev Arnshtam
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TITLE   COUNTRY YEAR DVD/VIDEO
The Steamroller and the Violin Tarkovsky, Andrei USSR 1960 dvd
  • Ivan's Childhood Tarkovsky, Andrei USSR 1962 video
  • Ivan's Childhood

    Tarkovsky, Andrei USSR 1962 dvd #397
    Andrei Rublev Tarkovsky, Andrei USSR 1966 video
    Andrei Rublev









    Tarkovsky, Andrei USSR 1966 dvd #34
  • Solaris




    Tarkovsky, Andrei USSR 1972 dvd #164
    Mirror



    Tarkovsky, Andrei USSR 1974 dvd
    Stalker





    Tarkovsky, Andrei USSR 1979 video
    dvd
  • Nostalghia
    Tarkovsky, Andrei USSR 1983 dvd
  • Voyage in Time (63 minutes) Tarkovsky, Andrei
    and Guerra, Tonino
    Russia
    Italy
    1983 dvd
    The Sacrifice
      with "Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky"


    "Has man any hope of survival in the face of all the patent signs of impending apocalyptic silence? Perhaps an answer to that question is to be found in the legend of the parched tree, deprived of the water of life, on which I based this film. . . the Monk, step by step and bucket by bucket, carried water up the hill to water the dry tree, believing implicitly that his act was necessary. . . he lived to see the Miracle: one morning the tree burst into life, its branches covered with young leaves. And that miracle is surely no more than the truth." Andrei Tarkovsky writing about 'The Sacrifice' in his book, 'Sculpting In Time' 1986.'



    In the beginning there was the word.
    Why is that, Papa?
    - "Little Man"


    "with hope and confidence"
    "to my young son, Andrejusja"
    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Aria "Erbarme ditch"
    from
    Bach's St. Matthew Passion
    "Erbarme dich,
    Mein Gott,
    Um meiner want Zahren
    Schaue here
    Herz und Auge weint vor dir Bitterlich.
    "


    In the end then perhaps this is the ambivalent gift that Tarkovsky is offering us as well as his own son: an injunction to live and love our own life as no other for only in this life and this moment is eternity realized and only by embracing our own fate can we become who we are.

    Tarkovsky, Andrei USSR 1986 dvd
     

     

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