Lothar Schirmer

Tarkovsky: Films, Stills, Polaroids & Writings

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ISBN: 9780500022597
Author : Lothar Schirmer
Published: 2019
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Language: English
Format: Hardback
Andrey Tarkovsky was the most important Russian filmmaker of the post-war era, and one of the worlds most renowned cinematic geniuses. He directed the first five of his seven films Ivans Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, Mirror and Stalker in the Soviet Union, but in 1982 defected to Italy, where he made Nostalgia. His final film, The Sacrifice, was produced in Sweden in 1985. Tarkovskys films are characterized by metaphysical themes, extended takes, an absence of conventional dramatical structure and plot, and a dream-like, visionary style of cinematography. They achieve a spiritual intensity and transcendent beauty that many consider to be without parallel. This book presents extended sequences of stills from each of the films alongside synopses and cast and crew listings. It includes reflections on Tarkovskys work from fellow artists and writers including Jean-Paul Sartre and Ingmar Bergman, for whom Tarkovsky was the greatest, the one who invented a new language. Extracts from Tarkovskys own writings and diaries offer a wealth of insights into his poetic and philosophical views on cinematography, which he described as sculpting in time. The book also reproduces many personal Polaroid photographs that confirm the extraordinary poetic vision of a great artist who died aged only 54, but who remains a potent influence on artists and filmmakers today.

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