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Watch: ‘Andrei Tarkovsky, A Poet in the Cinema’ and ‘Nostalghia’ Video Essay Explore Director’s Mind

Written by on March 18, 2014 

On the list of great filmmakers with a proclivity to share the workings of their artistic process, Andrei Tarkovsky, in all his significance, would have to rank right near the top. While his relatively “short” filmography could be said to tell its own story — beginning with childhood, continuing into various forms of self-confrontation and self-understanding, before ending in both death and a personal communion with God — there’s work both outside and inside this collection that serves as a direct dialogue between artist and consumer. For those who don’t wish to read Sculpting in Time or watch Voyage in Time at just this very moment, we have two glimpses — one direct, the other somewhat more abstract — to satiate your daily Soviet thirst.

First and foremost is 1984’s Andrei Tarkovsky, A Poet in the Cinema, in which helmer Donatella Baglivo sits down (and walks through the woods) with the director in question, here offering a fairly candid insight into how, exactly, each film personally relates to his life and development as an artist. The second item, from Kevin B. Lee, is Andrei Tarkovsky’s Cinematic Candles, a video essay that comes with this enticing description: “The nine minute shot in NOSTALGHIA of a man carrying a candle is perhaps the most famous shot in all of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s films. What if we saw each of the 116 shots in the movie as a candle flickering with cinematic life… until it goes out?” I’ll leave the peculiar examination of this writer’s favorite Tarkovsky film up to your discovery — one well-worth making.

Watch both below, and if the first doesn’t play here, head on over to YouTube:

What did you make of these pieces? Do they at all compel you to soon watch a Tarkovsky picture?


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