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#1 Opale

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 06:10 PM

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Tarkovsky is listed among the 100 most critically acclaimed film directors; director Ingmar Bergman was quoted as saying "Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream". Tarkovsky attained critical praise for films such as Andrei Rublev, Solaris and Stalker. Tarkovsky 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 cinematography.

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 06:28 PM

I can hear Phattz hauling ass down the hallway...

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 07:14 PM

I have seen them all except for Nostalghia. If only someone would put that on DVD.

Anyways I voted for Solaris, because it is one of my favorite Sci-Fi films of all times and it is one of Tarkovsky's most coherent films, how ever I could have easy chose Stalker for its atmosphere and suspense, of The Mirror for its politic beauty.

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:15 PM

I have only seen Ivan's Childhood which I did not care for. I find certain sequences in Ivan's Childhood to be stunningly beatiful, especially the end with Ivan at the lake. I've found myself watching those sequences over and over but did not care for the movie as a narrative whole. I hear the rest of Tarkovsky's work is quite different, so maybe it's more my taste than Ivan. I have not seen Solaris yet..but I saw the Soderbergh remake and the plot seems rather interesting. I'm sure Tarkovsky did it much better. As for Nostalghia, that HAS to be coming form Criterion at some point. It's an Image Entertainment title and has been out of print for years. Image is Criterion's distributior and has given them tons of films, recent examples being Last Emperor, Vampyr, The Hit. It'll make it's way eventually I'm sure...

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:24 PM

I have only seen Ivan's Childhood which I did not care for. I find certain sequences in Ivan's Childhood to be stunningly beatiful, especially the end with Ivan at the lake. I've found myself watching those sequences over and over but did not care for the movie as a narrative whole. I hear the rest of Tarkovsky's work is quite different, so maybe it's more my taste than Ivan. I have not seen Solaris yet..but I saw the Soderbergh remake and the plot seems rather interesting. I'm sure Tarkovsky did it much better. As for Nostalghia, that HAS to be coming form Criterion at some point. It's an Image Entertainment title and has been out of print for years. Image is Criterion's distributior and has given them tons of films, recent examples being Last Emperor, Vampyr, The Hit. It'll make it's way eventually I'm sure...


Stalker is the pinnacle of Tarkovsky's art for me. I'd recommend you consider that film very seriously. It's all very murky and shot through with spirituality, but it's one of only two or three films I've ever seen that begins to transcend its medium and transmit some kind of real truth. The rest of his output is marvelous, but Stalker, I would say, is miraculous. Odd too considering the history of the film's production. Apparently halfway through shooting they found all their footage unusable and had to virtually start it all over from the beginning.

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:36 PM

I have not seen Solaris yet..but I saw the Soderbergh remake and the plot seems rather interesting. I'm sure Tarkovsky did it much better.


Can you clarify this for me? If you've only watched one Tarkovsky film then why are you sure that his version of Solaris is much better than Soderbergh's?

I'd say they are entirely different films, almost impossible to logically compare. I found Soderbergh's Solaris to be one of his best films actually, and at least the equal of Tarkovsky's (which I also liked).

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:47 PM

Just internet fodder. Tarkovsky's Solaris is held in extremely high regard, while I've read several negative critiques of Soderbergh's film, mostly by Tarkovsky fans on various sites. I always just made tha assumption that to most, it is the better of the two films. Sort of like Nolan's Insomia vs. the original. I plan to see Tarkovsky's film at some point...while one tries not to let reviews read when researching films have too much of an impact on how you view a film before actually watching it, one can not prevent that from happening to a certain degree.

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:57 PM

Ivan's is very different of the others Tarkovsky's movies. Its my favorite but not the best IMO, its his most beautiful and most poetic cinematography though... I'd say his best would be Andrei Rublev with stalker not so far...

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 06:11 PM

Film Society at Lincoln Center will be showing all of Tarkovsky's films in July as well as the new documentary Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky.

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 09:55 PM

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Top 10 Films
1. Diary of a Country Priest (Dir: Robert Bresson)
2. Winter Light (Dir: Ingmar Bergman)
3. Nazarin (Dir: Luis Bunuel)
4. Wild Strawberries (Dir: Ingmar Bergman)
5. City Lights (Dir: Charlie Chaplin)
6. Ugetsu Monogatari (Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi)
7. Seven Samurai (Dir: Akira Kurosawa)
8. Persona (Dir: Ingmar Bergman)
9. Mouchette (Dir: Robert Bresson)
10. Woman Of The Dunes (Dir: Teshigahara)

I've seen them all except Nazarin (which is on the way) and the're all great but I'm quite surprised by the absence of soviet cinema since cinéphiles are generaly more sensible to movie of/about their own culture... I've often heard about Quebec filmmakers who says they always cries while watching their favourite Quebec cinema-vérité movie (I cried myself while watching Pour la suite du monde).

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 11:17 PM

Would anyone care to talk about Stalker a little more, especially you, Marcus, since you seem so passionate about it? I've spent the past couple of days seeing Tarkovsky's films, for the first time, and to me Andrei Rublev transcends the others by a vast amount. I was expecting a lot from his films, and for the most part they delivered, but Stalker either left me behind or it didn't deliver what I felt had been promised by many cinéphiles I have spoken to.
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 02:49 PM

I've seen them all except Sacrifice wich is on my shelf since probably more than a year... It seems quite depressing and long I'm afraid to start it...




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