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, Stalker: un film de Andreï Tarkovski, Tarkovsky: Films, Stills, Polaroids and Writings
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.
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.
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.
The book is loosely based on the life of Andrei Rublev, the great 15th century Russian icon painter.
"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.