September 12, 2007

THE REMINDER:

'Sculpting in Time': Russian filmmaker sought to harrow the soul (Eric David, 9/12/2007, Christianity Today)

Raised in the Russian Orthodox tradition, director Andrei Tarkovsky once told an interviewer, "I consider myself a person of faith, but I do not want to delve into the nuances and problems of my situation, for it is not so straightforward, not so simple, and not so unambiguous." [...]

Tarkovsky's Sculpting in Time stands with Robert Bresson's Notes on the Cinematographer as one of the best books on filmmaking written by a director. It delves deeply into the spirituality of the filmmaker: "Art should be there to remind man that he is a spiritual being, that he is part of an infinitely larger spirit to which he will return in the end."


He'
s probably best known for Solaris, but Andrei Rublev is more rewarding


Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2007 4:18 PM
Comments

"More rewarding" huh? Doesn't sound like much of a recommendation. "Solaris" was garbage all the way through. A director with such an art-house reputation gets one and only one chance, and I'm not going to waste any more of my life on this guy's trash. Same with Kieslowski--"Blue" was horrific (to this day I'm convinced that someone was playing a practical joke and playing the subtitles for an entirely different movie) and no reviewer could ever make me watch another of his movies...

Posted by: b at September 12, 2007 5:31 PM

To deprive yourself of the experience of Dekalog because you didn't like his French stuff is to self-harm.

Posted by: oj at September 12, 2007 7:26 PM

No, b, Andrei Rublev is worth it.

Posted by: r at September 12, 2007 11:46 PM

I have seen 3 Tarkovsky films. Solaris is excruciatingly dull. Stalker is even more dull is that's possible. Andrei Rublev is absolutely wonderful.

Posted by: Rich Plumb at September 14, 2007 9:41 AM
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