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Andrei Tarkovsky - book author

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (Russian: Андре́й Арсе́ньевич Тарко́вский) was a Soviet film director, writer and opera director. Tarkovksy is listed among the 100 most critically acclaimed filmmakers. He attained critical acclaim for directing such films as Andrei Rublev, Solaris and Stalker.

Tarkovsky also worked extensively as a screenwriter, film editor, film theorist, and theater director. He directed most of his films in the Soviet Union, with the exception of his last two films which were produced in Italy and Sweden. His films are characterized by Christian spirituality and metaphysical themes, extremely long takes, lack of conventional dramatic structure and plot, and memorable images of exceptional beauty.

Andrei Tarkovsky is the author of books: Sculpting in Time, Instant Light: Tarkovsky Polaroids, Journal 1970-1986, Collected Screenplays, Atrapad la vida. Lecciones de cine para escultores del tiempo, Andrei Rublev, Andrei Tarkovsky: Interviews, Лекции по кинорежиссуре, Tarkovsky: Films, Stills, Polaroids and Writings, آینه

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Andrey Tarkovsky, the genius of modern Russian cinema--hailed by Ingmar Bergman as "the most important director of our time"--died an exile in Paris in December 1986. In Sculpting in Time, he has left his artistic testament, a remarkable revelation of both his life and work. Since Ivan's Childhood won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1962, the visionary quality and totally original and haunting imagery of Tarkovsky's films have captivated serious movie audiences all over the world, who see in his work a continuation of the great literary traditions of nineteenth-century Russia. Many critics have tried to interpret his intensely personal vision, but he himself always remained inaccessible.

In Sculpting in Time, Tarkovsky sets down his thoughts and his memories, revealing for the first time the original inspirations for his extraordinary films--Ivan's Childhood, Andrey Rublyov, Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker, Nostalgia, and The Sacrifice. He discusses their history and his methods of work, he explores the many problems of visual creativity, and he sets forth the deeply autobiographical content of part of his oeuvre--most fascinatingly in The Mirror and Nostalgia. The closing chapter on The Sacrifice, dictated in the last weeks of Tarkovsky's life, makes the book essential reading for those who already know or who are just discovering his magnificent work.
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"Tarkovsky often reflected on the way that time flies and wanted to stop it, even with these quick Polaroid shots. The melancholy of seeing things for the last time is the highly mysterious and poetic essence that these images leave with us. It is as though Andrei wanted to transmit his own enjoyment quickly to others. And they feel like a fond farewell."Tonino Guerra, from the Introduction



This beautifully produced book comprises sixty Polaroid photographs of Andrei Tarkovsky's friends and family, taken between 1979 and 1984 in his native Russia and in Italy, where he spent time in political exile.The size of the Polaroids is exactly as presented in the book, including the frame. The book may therefore be viewed as a facsimile edition. 60 color illustrations.
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Since his death in 1986, Andrei Tarkovsky has become increasingly recognized as one of the great masters of world cinema. In his films, Solaris, Mirror, Stalker and The Sacrifice, Tarkovsky defined a new way of looking at the world. His non-realistic, highly-charged images are a continuing source of inspiration - not only for a new generation of film-makers, but also for poets, musicians and painters. This volume collects his great works for the first time in one volume, as well as three of his unproduced screenplays. This material provides a unique glimpse into the way Tarkovsky's vision evolved from the printed text to its final form on celluloid. The book also contains an extended essay by film critic and historian Ian Christie, who places Tarkovsky's work in the context of Soviet film-making practice.
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Andréi Tarkovski es uno de los grandes cineastas y teóricos de todos los tiempos, y todavía hoy es uno de los directores más influyentes del cine de autor contemporáneo. Uno de sus ensayos, Esculpir en el tiempo, se convirtió en su día en un libro fundamental para la reflexión fílmica, reeditado desde hace décadas de forma ininterrumpida. Sin embargo, Tarkovski dejó escrito a su muerte otro libro de gran importancia, no publicado hasta la fecha en castellano, y que constituye el complemento imprescindible de aquél y su testamento vital y artístico: Atrapad la vida es un volumen con un enfoque directo, personal y apasionado, en el que el cineasta rememora sus rodajes, recuerda éxitos y fracasos, desvela secretos y obsesiones, defiende con ahínco la visión del cine que construyó a lo largo de toda una vida y critica con fiereza tanto la censura del estado soviético como aquella otra, más sutil, de la sociedad de consumo.
En este libro Tarkovski habla con rabia, pero también con esperanza, y se dirige tanto a los amantes del cine en general como a aquellos que quieren saber cómo se hace, desde dentro y sobre el terreno, una película, pero una película entendida como una obra de arte: cómo se perfila la idea fundamental del filme (y cómo se defiende esta idea ante todo tipo de situaciones y presiones), cómo se escribe un guion (y sobre todo cómo no se escribe), cómo se aborda el montaje (y cómo se desmonta lo aprendido sobre esta técnica en las escuelas de cine), cómo se planifica la dirección actoral (y cómo se tratan las vicisitudes cotidianas con los actores), etc. Y todo ello desde una doble premisa: al hacer una película no hay que tener miedo de pisotear ningún esquema, ninguna norma, pero tampoco se puede olvidar que una película es un acto creativo y espiritual de primera magnitud: se trata de atrapar la vida.
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Andrei Rublev (Russian: Андрей Рублёв, Andrey Rublyov), also known as The Passion According to Andrei, is a 1966 Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky from a screenplay written by Andrei Konchalovsky and Andrei Tarkovsky.
The book is loosely based on the life of Andrei Rublev, the great 15th century Russian icon painter.
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Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) was one of Russia's most influential and renowned filmmakers, despite an output of only seven feature films in twenty years. Revered by such filmmaking giants as Ingmar Bergman and Akira Kurosawa, Tarkovsky is famous for his use of long takes, languid pacing, dreamlike metaphorical imagery, and meditations on spirituality and the human soul. His "Andrei Roublev," "Solaris," and "The Mirror" are considered landmarks of postwar Russian cinema.

"Andrei Tarkovsky: Interviews" is the first English-language collection of interviews with and profiles of the filmmaker. It includes conversations originally published in French, Italian, Russian, and British periodicals. With pieces from 1962 through 1986, the collection spans the breadth of Tarkovsky's career.

In the volume, Tarkovsky candidly and articulately discusses the difficulties of making films under the censors of the Soviet Union. He explores his aesthetic ideology, filmmakers he admires, and his eventual self-exile from Russia. He talks about recurring images in his movies--water, horses, fire, snow--but adamantly refuses to divulge what they mean, as he feels that would impose his own meaning onto the audience. At times cagey and resistant to interviewers, Tarkovsky nevertheless reveals his vision and his rigorous devotion to his art.

John Gianvito is an assistant professor of visual and media arts at Emerson College as well as a filmmaker and film critic. His feature films include "The Flower of Pain," "Address Unknown," and "The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein." In 2001 Gianvito was made a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.
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Andrey Tarkovsky (1932-1986) is one of the eminent film makers of the 20th century. The five feature films he directed in the Soviet Union-among them Andrei Rublev, Solaris, and Stalker-brought him international fame. Evading censorship and mounting pressure by Soviet authorities, he did not return to the Soviet Union after completing Nostalghia in Tuscany in 1983. His final film, The Sacrifice, was shot in Sweden in 1985. Compiled and edited by Tarkovsky's son Andrey Jr., film historian and critic Hans-Joachim Schlegel, and Lothar Schirmer, our book pays homage to a great visionary who though in poetic and, at times, disturbing images of near-biblical intensity. It features stills and documentary photos from each of his films, a rich selection of Tarkovsky's own writings, private photographs from the family album, as well as Polaroids from Russia and Italy. A compilation of prominent voices who have commented on Tarkovsky's work and personality-including Jean-Paul Sartre, Ingmar Bergman, and Aleksandr Sokurov-rounds out the volume.
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‫آندری تارکوفسکی در طول بیش از بیست سال، کم‌تر از ده فیلم ساخته‌که همهَ آن‌ها را می‌توان شاخص سبک او خواند و تقریباً هیچ‌یک را نمی‌شود از این حیث مهم‌تر از دیگری تلقی کرد. آینه هم یکی از آن‌هاست؛ فیلمی که جدا از دغدغه‌های فلسفی و جهان‌بینی فیلمساز و سلیقهَ زیبایی‌شناسانه‌اش، اوضاع اجتماعی و سیاسی جغرافیای عصر خود را نیز در پس‌زمینه دارد.