By Peter Green
A survey of the paintings of Andrei Tarkovsky, the Russian film-maker who lived from 1932-1986. it's a serious exam of his motion pictures within the mild of his personal writings and existence, his aesthetics of movie, his conception of time in cinematography and an try to understand his imaginative and prescient. the movies which are tested are: "Ivan's Childhood", "The Mirror" and "Andrei Rublyov". The booklet is to be released at the anniversary of Tarkovsky's beginning in April 1992.
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In the prologue to The Mirror a young man is freed of a stutter. ' The process of liberation implicit in these examples represents not merely a return to words, but the gaining of a new articulacy (artistic, political and moral), a progression from words to expression. The special poign ancy of Rublyov's vow of silence,33 however, lies in the fact that it is in part the outcome of his intercession on behalf of an innocent young woman. The demented girl, as she is sometimes regarded, is in fact a deaf-mute, a heavenly fool who excites his compassion.
Maria Ivanovna. ) � . (above) Sralker: in the Zone 14 (beiow) Stalker: th e stalker ' s daughter Solaris 71 scarcely be fortuitous. Inside the house one encounters the busts, books and photos that reappear in the space station and later in Kelvin's feverish vision of home: quintessential tokens of European history and culture. Here are personal attributes, too, that one asso ciates with the director and his films: the pictures of hot-air balloons, or the unsaddled horse roaming free outside. But perhaps the most striking statement of Kelvin's leave-taking - and of human depar ture from this world - is the breakfast still life Tarkovsky creates on the garden table in the thunderstorm.
Arrested by the heathens as a hated and hostile monk, Rublyov is threatened with death. A girl, naked but for a coat of skins, kisses him sensually. For a moment it seems as if Rublyov responds. The girl releases him from captivity and he flees. The film cuts to the following morning. Smoke rises from the burnt-out fires. Cocks crow. One sees slumbering figures everywhere, in a scene that might be from 'The Sleeping Beauty'. Only one old woman is awake, rocking apathetically on a wooden post and wiping a tear from her eye.
Andrei Tarkovsky: The Winding Quest by Peter Green