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.
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.