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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He made a total of seven feature films: Tarkovsky died in Paris in December at the age of They were pure pieces of tatkovsky, untainted by concerns regarding immediate commercial viability. In them, a generous use of natural elements — wind, water, fire — and the practice of long, slow takes came together to create imagery that continues to enthrall and enchant film buffs all over the world. InTarkovsky published his Sculpting in Timea dense and delightful work that is part film theory, part cultural criticism and part philosophy of life.
What are the determining factors of sculptihg, and what emerges from them? What are its potential, means, images—not only formally, but even spiritually? For the first time tarkosky the history of the arts, in the history of culture, man found the means to take an impression of time.
Takovsky simultaneously the possibility of reproducing that time on screen as often as he wanted, to repeat it and go back to it. He acquired a matrix for actual time. Once seen and recorded, time could now be preserved in metal boxes over a long period theoretically for ever. We could define it as sculpting in time.
Sculpting in Time : Reflections on the Cinema
Tarkovsky considered art to be a yearning for the ideal. In our relativistic post-modern world, his words are challenging and provocative.
Towards the end of the book, he mentioned that he saw an undeniable link between civilisational decay and a preoccupation with materialism:. Why, as we look back, do we see the path of human history punctuated by cataclysms and disasters? What really happened to those civilisations?
Why did they run out of breath, lack the will to live, lose their moral strength? Surely one cannot believe that it all happened simply from material shortages? Such a suggestion seems to me grotesque.
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. Say hi at tulikabahadur gmail. View all posts by Tulika Bahadur.
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Notify me of new posts via email. Follow on Facebook and Twitter. This blog runs in association with eLucidAction. Reflections on the Cinema by Andrei Tarkovsky translated by Kitty Hunter-BlairUniversity of Texas Press InTarkovsky published his Sculpting in Timea dense and delightful work that is part film theory, part cultural criticism and part philosophy of life.
Towards the end of the book, he mentioned that he saw an undeniable link between civilisational decay and a preoccupation with materialism: Published by Tulika Bahadur. Love the Bruegel and the Bach…!
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