Andrei Tarkovsky: Elements of Cinema

By Robert Bird

The masters of Russian arts and letters are a prestigious fraternity that comes with such popular artists as Tolstoy, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. yet along those luminaries stands a lesser-known yet both respected determine, filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Robert fowl bargains in Andrei Tarkovsky an remarkable research of Tarkovsky’s oeuvre and its far-reaching impression on international cinema.
Bird brings a singular method of his dissection of Tarkovsky’s thoroughly unique suggestions and sensibilities, arranging the flicks into elemental different types of Water, fireplace, Earth, and Air. Solaris, Ivan’s Childhood, Mirror, Nostalgia, Andrei Rublev, and Sacrifice all get their due right here; via them, chook explores how the filmmaker probed the elusive correlation among cinematic illustration and a extra primeval belief of the realm. although the publication additionally considers Tarkovsky’s paintings in radio, theatre, and opera—as good as his paintings as an actor, screenwriter, and movie theorist—Bird all through retains his concentration firmly on Tarkovsky as a consummate filmmaker.
 
Anchored via a wealth of movie stills and images, Andrei Tarkovsky is a must-read for all movie buffs and admirers of eu cinema.

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