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Making of Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”

Making of Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”

Named by the British Film Institute as one of the fifty greatest movies of all time, Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 science fiction masterpiece called Stalker is, among many other things, a…

Andrei Tarkovsky Calls Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey a “Phony” Film “With Only Pretensions to Truth”

Andrei Tarkovsky Calls Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey a “Phony” Film “With Only Pretensions to Truth”

Yesterday we ran a list of 93 films beloved by Stanley Kubrick, which includes two by Andrei Tarkovsky: 1972’s Solaris and 1986’s The Sacrifice. You expect one auteur to appreciate the work…

The Poetic Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky

The Poetic Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky

“It is obvious that art cannot teach anyone anything, since in four thousand years humanity has learnt nothing at all. We should long ago have become angels had we been…

Connection between Different Realities through Video Screens

Connection between Different Realities through Video Screens

Analysis of the “Berton’s Report” film sequence from “Solaris” directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1972) “I want to emphasize yet again that, […], cinema is an art which operates with reality…”…

Temporal Defamiliarization and Mise-en-Scène in Tarkovsky’s Stalker

Temporal Defamiliarization and Mise-en-Scène in Tarkovsky’s Stalker

Introduction In her article “The Concept of Cinematic Excess,” Kristin Thompson speaks of a dual tendency in film criticism: we could see films as a “struggle of opposing forces,” some…

Andrei Tarkovsky: Truth Endorsed by Life

Andrei Tarkovsky: Truth Endorsed by Life

The Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset has referred to man as a “conscious cosmic phenomenon”. What he meant by this has everything to do with the fact that there…

The Natural and Modern Worlds in Solaris

The Natural and Modern Worlds in Solaris

In Solaris (1972), Andrei Tarkovsky presents a vision of contemporary society as one that has become cut off from nature, and provides a narrative that illustrates the possibility of remaining…

Ivan’s Childhood: The Tree of Life

Ivan’s Childhood: The Tree of Life

In the essay entitled “Nature as ‘Comfort Zone’ in the Films of Andrei Tarkovsky” in the last issue of Offscreen I discussed the unique manner in which Tarkovsky situates nature…

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