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

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 12, 2013 12:23 PM
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Andrei Tarkovsky

Slow and meditative, and tackling weightier themes that touch upon the spiritual, the 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.

While he only made seven features in twenty-four years, they are almost all worth tracking down, offering up to viewers an unhurried pace, dazzlingly long takes and a tone and tenor matched by very few. But until you square away some time to pop in a DVD or fire up your Netflix account, Nelson Carvajal (who created the excellent Best Picture winner supercut) has put together the video essay "Tarkovsky: Life As A Reflection." It's a three-and-a-half-minute journey through the filmmaker's work, offering up an array of striking images that speak to the power of his films.

Give it a spin below and the be sure to check out our retrospective The Films Of Andrei Tarkovsky, if you need a place to get started.

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  • Gabe NotToro | March 12, 2013 9:19 PMReply

    Yeah, this is embarrassing.

  • NELSON CARVAJAL | March 13, 2013 12:21 PM

    Thanks for watching.

  • hank | March 12, 2013 7:36 PMReply

    Spielberg pick the music for this?

  • PoetWarrior | March 12, 2013 2:57 PMReply

    Not at all representative of Tarkovsky's films. Either in tone or purpose.

    And the music sucks.

    Good job though, Nelson.

  • wes | March 12, 2013 1:33 PMReply

    Why wouldn't you include Andrei Rublev!?

    Seven features? Steamroller, Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker, Solaris, Nostalgia, and The Sacrifice.

    I still need to get my paws on Steamroller, Ivan's, and Nostalgia, but I'm pretty sure (with Ozu), Tarkovsky is my favorite filmmaker of all-time.

  • Rob | March 12, 2013 1:04 PMReply

    pretty alarming lack of Rublev in this

  • NELSON CARVAJAL | March 12, 2013 1:19 PM

    I did not include "Andrei Rublev" or "The Steamroller and the Violin" in this. The included films are listed as SOURCES at the end of the video.

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