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    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…

    Lisboa, bom dia (or Heart with no coat)

    Lisboa, bom dia (or Heart with no coat)

    Some wind was blowing, Fernando. Those frequent april rains have piped down for an instance and your city smelled of dusk and ocean’s vestibule. It is easy to get lost…

    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…

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    “There’s something in the human personality which resents things that are clear, and conversely, something which is attracted to puzzles, enigmas, and allegories.” Stanley Kubrick [1] 2001 is often mistakenly…

    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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