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. Tarkovsky sets down his thoughts and his memories, revealing for the first time the original inspirations for his extraordinary films. Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema () by Andrei Tarkovsky translated by Kitty Hunter-Blair (, University of Texas Press).

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The need for a kind of drug? Oct 11, Safae rated it really liked it Shelves: These comments are not to be taken as the platform from which Ivan’s Childhood was launched. There’s an enormous difference, after all, between the way you remember the house in which you were born and which you haven’t seen for years, and the actual sight of the house after a prolonged absence.

From the very moment when Eve ate the apple from the tree of knowledge, mankind was doomed to strive endlessly after the truth.

Tarkovsky, instead, urges a return to spiritual, artistic pursuits in opposition to this emerging, seething, immoral reality. Directing starts not when the script is being discussed with the writer, timf during work with the actor, or with the composer, but at the time when, before the interior gaze of the person making the film and known as the director, there emerges an image of the film: I’m thinking of the illusionism and extraordinary effects ssculpting in dreams, memories and fantasies.

History is still not Time; nor is evolution. And in the course of work on this script, the author of the film not of the script but of the film is entitled to turn the literary scenario this way or that as he wants. I think that one of the saddest aspects of fime time is the total destruction in people’s awareness of all that goes with a conscious sense of the beautiful.

And even though I think Merezhkovsky’s criticism is based tafkovsky perfectly sound reasoning, it doesn’t stop me from loving War and Peace even, if you like, for those passages that are ‘a mistake’.

To tell of sdulpting is living, the artist uses something dead; to speak of the infinite, he shows the finite. It makes us vulnerable, subject to pain. Other books in this series. To be faithful to hfe, intrinsically truthful, a work has for me to be at once an exact factual account and a true communication of feelings.

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Indeed, any imbalance between form and concept will preclude the creation of an artistic image, for the work will remain outside the realm of art. It ttarkovsky as a revelation, as a momentary, passionate wish to grasp intuitively and at a stroke all the laws of this world — its beauty and ugliness, its compassion and cruelty, its infinity and its limitations.

Moreover I am convinced that we now find ourselves on the point of destroying another civilisation entirely as a result of failing to take account of the spiritual side of the historical process.

Self-expression is meaningless unless it meets with a response. An artistic discovery occurs each time as a new and unique image of the world, a hieroglyphic of absolute truth. He discusses their history and his sculppting 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.

Sculpting in Time by Andrei Tarkovsky

As the train approached panic started in the theatre: Retrieved from ” https: An image can be created and make itself felt. Every artist in the film world will see, pose and solve the problem in his own way. But that good luck generates a disbelief in the danger and allows the growth of fatuous pseudo-optimism.

Jay Kuo Limited preview – It is natural, therefore, that not even specialist critics have the 54 Andrey Rublyov Audrey Rublyov witnessing pagan rites. We poor cinema-goers see films that are good, bad, very bad, ordinary or highly original.

Against the background of the rest of the day, that event stands out like a tree in the mist. One woman sent me on a letter written to her by her daughter, and the young girl’s words are a remarkable statement about artistic creation as an infinitely versatile and subtle form of communication: Again, this has to do not with practical advantage but with realising the idea of love, the meaning of which is in sacrifice: Equally, the term understanding denotes quite different things in these two spheres of activity.

You know, in that dark cinema, looking at a piece of canvas lit up by your talent, I felt for the first time in my life that I was not alone. It possesses an inner power which is concentrated within the image and comes across to the audience in the form of feelings, inducing tension in direct response to the author’s narrative logic.


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He wrote this, and made revisions to the text of the book, shortly before his death. His protest — furious, uncompromising and harsh — is expressed above all in the sensuous texture of the film, and is emotionally infectious. I have to confess that I would read with the greatest attention and interest — at some moments with distress, but at others with huge encouragement — the letters from people who had seen my films; during the years I was working in Russia these built up into an impressive and variegated collection of questions addressed to me or things which people were at a loss to understand.

The experience of working on the film helped to form my views.

After 1 had read it, Bogomolov’s tale stuck in my mind; indeed, certain things in it impressed me deeply. Looking for simple solutions to the problem of conveying the unreality of the dream we hit on the panorama of moving trees in negative, and, against that background, the face of the little girl passing in front of the camera three times, her andrri changed with each appearance.

Focus on strict memorization of information gives birth to false sense of superiority and undeniable mockery. Notify me of new posts via email. Email required Address never made public. In this book he shares his ideas on filmmaking. He influenced you psychologically, put you in a certain frame of mind.

Sculpting in Time

Scukpting is distinctive is never free, it is stamped with its own seal, conditioned and chained. The success of a film is not to be measured by sales as it depends on how it individually received with the dispositions of each viewer, some which will appreciate it completely and others who will find it alien.

A group of soldiers is being shot for treason in front of the ranks. 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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