Friday, November 28, 2008

Andrei Tarkovsky - Sculpting in Time (Ebook)

Taken from Wikipedia:

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky
(Russian: Андре́й Арсе́ньевич Тарко́вский) (April 4, 1932 - December 29, 1986) was a Soviet film director, writer and opera director.

Tarkovksy is listed among the 100 most critically acclaimed film directors; director Ingmar Bergman was quoted as saying "Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream".[1] Tarkovsky attained critical praise for films such as Andrei Rublev, Solaris and Stalker.

Andrei wrote a book published shortly before his death. The book contains theories, ideas, philosophy from the genius himself. It's not just a study of film, but of life, of art and of Tarkovsky and his films. If this sounds interesting, check the link at the bottom. Be sure to check his films out too, if you're into that sort of thing. :]

Excerpt from Sculpting in Time
"This book was taking shape all through my period of unemployment,
an interlude which I have now forcibly brought to an end by
changing my life; it is intended neither to teach people nor to
impose my point of view on them. Its main purpose is to help me to
find my way through the maze of possibilities contained in this
young and beautiful art form—still, in essence, so little explored—
in order to be able to find myself, fully and independently, within
Artistic creation, after all, is not subject to absolute laws, valid
from age to age; since it is related to the more general aim of mastery
of the world, it has an infinite number of facets, the vincula that
connect man with his vital activity; and even if the path towards
knowledge is unending, no step that takes man nearer to a full
understanding of the meaning of his existence can be too small to
The corpus of theory relating to cinema is still slight; the
clarification of even minor points can help to throw light on its basic
laws. This is what has prompted me to put forward a few of my own

Clip from Nostalghia (1983):


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