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Watch: BBC Arena’s 50 Minute Documentary On Andrei Tarkovsky

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 18, 2014 11:20 AM
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While the internet is no doubt useful to maintain our required daily cute animal fix, it’s also home to many recordings of older and foreign television programs that otherwise would never have seen the light of day. Case in point, the Criterion-approved Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky was profiled for an hour-long special on the iconic BBC series, Arena, a treat that would have never made it on the airwaves outside of Britain, then or now.

10 Films To Watch Before & After 'Gravity'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 3, 2013 3:05 PM
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Films To See Before Gravity
Sitting in the dark, holding your breath throughout Alfonso Cuarón’s terrifying, beautiful “Gravity,” it can seem like the film simply spun up at you out of the void; it’s a work of such precision and simplicity that it almost feels like it came out of nowhere. But unlike, say, a sliver of space debris that glints in the distance a moment before hurtling in to wreak silent destruction on your space station, Cuarón’s hugely anticipated film (review here) not only had a gestation period of unforeseen length, but even back at concept stage it had its influences and its inspirations. So while it certainly feels unlike anything you’ve quite seen before, in realising his singular vision, Cuarón in fact refers to and borrows from several cinematic forebears, and, after the fact, we can see not only their imprint on the finished film, but also its kinship with several other titles.

Listen: Preview Eduard Artemiev’s Score For Andrei Tarkovsky’s 'Solaris,' Getting First Commerical Release In 2013

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 21, 2013 12:21 PM
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Solaris
Next month, music obscurantists extraordinaire Superior Viaduct are rereleasing a fascinating gem: the soundtrack to Andrei Tarkovsky's “Solaris,” a preview of which is available right now down below for your listening pleasure.

Watch: Revisit The Cinema Of Andrei Tarkovsky With Video Essay 'Life As A Reflection'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 12:23 PM
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Slow and meditative, and tackling weightier themes that touch upon the spiritual, metaphysical, and the nature of dreams and memory, the cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky may not be for everyone, particularly in this age of blockbusters. But for the discerning cinephile, looking for greater depth and meaning in the form, there are few whose works are more rewarding.

20 Oddball Sci-Fi Films Of The 1970s

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2013 1:30 PM
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Somewhere between 1968's “2001: A Space Odyssey” and 1977's “Star Wars” something happened in the culture. Storytellers, perhaps inspired by the way the hippie, counter-culture was fizzling out, combined with the still-dragging-on war in Vietnam, and post-Watergate disillusion, began to look at the future in a somewhat darker, more idiosyncratic way than had been the case before, with recurring themes of environmental disaster, utopias gone sour, and the end of all things.

The Films Of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 6, 2011 5:24 AM
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The great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman famously intoned in his 1987 autobiography, “The Magic Lantern,” that discovering Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s work was, “A miracle. Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.”

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