Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky is known for his enigmatic films. Though his filmography is brief – in part due to political constraints in the former Soviet Union – he left an indelible mark on the art of cinema.
This video uses Andrei Tarkovsky’s book about filmmaking, Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema, as a lens to examine how his cinematic ideas are expressed on the screen. I’m not interested in parsing meaning or symbolism; each viewer will find their own significance in Tarkovsky’s images. Instead, I focus on the underlying philosophy the director brings to his images.
The IU Cinema is screening a 4K restoration of Tarkovsky’s 1979 masterpiece, Stalker on Saturday, September 23 at 7 pm and on Sunday, September 24 at 6:30 pm. These showings are part of the International Arthouse series.
The Cinema previously screened Stalker in December 2013 and Andrei Rublev (1966) in September 2014.
Laura Ivins loves stop motion, home movies, imperfect films, nature hikes, and Stephen Crane’s poetry. She has a PhD from Indiana University and an MFA from Boston University. In addition to watching and writing about movies, sometimes she also makes them.