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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The scene was to have been filmed in long, slow shots, and thus to have quite a different rhythm.

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One might even go further; I don’t know a single masterpiece that does not have its weaknesses or is completely free of imperfec- tions. The intelligent, artistically attuned people not phony misguided artistsregardless of formal education or what have you, have a fundamental need to assimilate themselves into the spectrum. When I speak of the aspiration towards the beautiful, of the ideal as the ultimate aim of art, which grows from a yearning for that ideal, I am not for a moment suggesting that art should shun the ‘dirt’ of the world.

A worker in a Leningrad factory, an evening class student, wrote: Back cover copy In Sculpting in Time, Andrey Tarkovsky has left his artistic testament, a remarkable revelation of both his life and work. Diamonds 46 are not found in black earth; they have to be sought near volcanoes. Casting around for an answer we tried out several practical possibilities, using associations and vague guesses. Modern mass culture, aimed at the ‘consumer’, the civilisation of prosthetics, is crippling people’s souls, setting up barriers between man and the crucial questions of his existence, his consciousness of himself as a spiritual being.

But whenever the dramatic structure showed the slightest sign of something new — of treating the rationale of everyday life relatively freely — it was met with cries of protest and incomprehension.


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The only condition of fighting for the right to create is faith in your own vocation, readiness to serve, and refusal to compromise. It’s quite true, it’s said very clearly and exactly. He immediately struck me as a character that tarkovskj been destroyed, shifted off its axis by the war. I wonder if I should really take up cinematography.

And this is true enough in the sense that ‘you can’t bring back the past’, as they say. Works of criticism tend to approach their subject in order to illustrate a particular idea; far less often, unfortunately, do they start off from the direct, living, sculppting impact of the work in question.

To ask other readers questions about Sculpting in Time ib, please sign up. His optimism transmits a world of the past, a reflection of tranquil personal belief in beauty.

What we are talking about is being faithful to the truth of the characters and circumstances rather than to the superficial appeal of ‘images’ thought up for the occasion. Love the Bruegel tarkoovsky the Bach…! Some would categorically deny him the right ever to engage in script writing at all.

What came into being was a new aesthetic principle. But surely it cannot be worth the effort merely for the sake tarkoovsky hearing one’s own echo? And the more hopeless the world in the artist’s version, the more clearly perhaps must we see the ideal that stands in opposition – otherwise life becomes impossible! Voyage in Time Books by Andrei Tarkovsky.

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In any case 1 shan’t for a moment blame those who question my decision to embark on abstract problems, any more than I shall be surprised to find an enthusiastic response on the part of other readers. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

Equally, the term understanding denotes quite different things in these two spheres of activity. 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 December Self-expression is meaningless unless it meets with a response. These are questions asked not only by the poet, but also by anyone who appreciates art — or, in that current expression all too symptomatic of the twentieth-century relationship between art and its audience — the ‘consumer’.


And has anyone said that he is cleverer than the people in the auditorium, the reader with a book in his hands, or the theatre-goer in the stalls? Methods established by the older art forms interpose zculpting. Scenes like this, which have no inherent meaning, which the author has failed to illuminate, obtrude as something alien, they break out from the compositional mould of the film. But with all that she had something original, individual, unex- 32 andrsi pected, which had sculptinh been in the story.

How sculptkng generally accepted evaluations there are, which fill me, at least, with nothing but amazement.

Sculpting in Time : Reflections on the Cinema

Through poetic connections feeling is heightened anrei the spectator is made more active. It’s not that I lack understanding of cinema generally A giant masterpiece There is all life dead spirutuality. You are commenting using your WordPress.

It’s ridiculous to imagine that people can be taught to be good; any more than they can learn how to be faithful wives by following the ‘positive’ example of Pushkin’s Tatiana Larina. That, however, is the end of any similarity between these two embodiments of the creative human tafkovsky, in which man does not merely discover, but creates.

He discusses their history and his methods of work, he explores the many problems of abdrei creativity, and he sets forth the deeply autobiographical content of part of his oeuvre-most fascinatingly in The Mirror and Nostalgia.