Tarkovsky on Tarkovsky
August 1, 2015 2:16 PM   Subscribe

Shot between 1962 and 1986, Tarkovsky’s seven feature films often grapple with metaphysical and spiritual themes, using a distinctive cinematic style. Long takes, slow pacing and metaphorical imagery – they all figure into the archetypical Tarkovsky film (Note: free versions of these films have been here before, links have sadly died in the old posts).

Nostalghia.com is meant as a tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky, arguably one of the most significant filmmakers of the 20th century. This non-commercial site is aimed at Andrei Tarkovsky scholars and other interested parties. The site was initially launched on August 1, 2001.

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Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) firmly positioned himself as the finest Soviet director of the post-War period. But his influence extended well beyond the Soviet Union.  The Cahiers du cinéma consistently ranked his films on their top ten annual lists. Ingmar Bergman went so far as to say, “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.” And Akira Kurosawa acknowledged his influence too, adding, “I love all of Tarkovsky’s films. I love his personality and all his works. Every cut from his films is a marvellous image in itself.” Below you can access the films in the order in which they were made, with links to Tarkovsky speaking about the films in parallel. Most all of the films below were placed online by Mosfilm, the largest and oldest film studio in Russia.
Annotated Filmography: Sartre: Discussion on the criticism of Ivan's Childhood
  Tarkovsky on Andrei Rublov (compiled by Nostalghia.com)
Tarkovsky on Andrei Rublov (compiled by R. Bird)
An Unpublished Interview with Andrei Tarkovsky, on Andrei Rublov (1967)

"I'm interested in the problem of inner freedom..." The Stockholm 1985 Interview — for the first time in English. Jump directly to: [ On Solaris | On Mirror | On Stalker ] Tarkovsky and Lem on Solaris (1971—1987)
Tarkovsky on Solaris (1973)
  Reflections around the new Mirror DVD from RusCiCo
  Tarkovsky talks to Guerra, with emphasis on Stalker (1979)
  Tarkovsky on Nostalghia (1980)
Tarkovsky interviewed by Maurizio Porro, on Nostalghia (Cannes, 1983)
Tarkovsky interviewed by Natalia Aspesi, on Nostalghia (Cannes, 1983)
Tarkovsky talks to Gideon Bachmann, on Nostalghia (1982)

Three Student Films by Tarkovsky – Web
  • The Killers, 1956
  • There Will Be No Leave Today, 1958
  • The Steamroller and the Violin, 1960
Alexander Gordon (excerpts from his article Student Years, which was written for a publication about the student years of Tarkovsky.
NOTE: if you access the films via YouTube, be sure to click “CC” at the bottom of the videos to access the subtitles.

Tarkovsky Previously (1, 2 [some links in that post are sadly naught but the dust of timbres]).
posted by infinite intimation (18 comments total) 77 users marked this as a favorite
I love The Mirror intensely, maybe even #1 all time favorite film. I found Andrei Rublov to be very hard work.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 2:25 PM on August 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

This just made my day, my weekend, my week, hell my foreseeable time horizon.
posted by mrdaneri at 2:30 PM on August 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

What a great list. Thank you!
posted by cleroy at 2:31 PM on August 1, 2015

I have somehow -- thanks to the Gene Siskel Film Center -- managed to see three different Tarkovsky films (Solaris, Andrei Rublev, Stalker) in the theater. There is nothing in film I can recommend more highly.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:31 PM on August 1, 2015 [2 favorites]

Quit stalking me, Metafilter: just came home from a screening of Nostalghia.
posted by Dr Dracator at 2:36 PM on August 1, 2015

Nostaglghia is absolutely stunning, revelatory of film's capacity
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:43 PM on August 1, 2015

I don't know if I've ever seen a better movie than Andrei Rublev.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 3:00 PM on August 1, 2015 [2 favorites]

I love Solaris so much, but I can't imagine watching it on my laptop.
posted by betweenthebars at 3:18 PM on August 1, 2015

Another Tarkovsky fan here; I love all his movies and wish intensely he had been able to make more. (Your "Previously" link has nothing to do with Tarkovsky; did you mean this?)
posted by languagehat at 3:45 PM on August 1, 2015

Back in the nineties I went to see Stalker at this little theater here in the Haight Ashbury. As I walked home there were clumps of people walking along in the same direction. It was different groups of people coming from the same theater. Everyone was talking about the film. What was this? Who was that? I have never left a film and then have the film follow me home as this film. It was a remarkable experience.
posted by njohnson23 at 6:35 PM on August 1, 2015

Andrei Rublev is worth your time--all 3.5 hours of it. I say this as a person with a pretty serious case of ADHD. It might be the best movie I've ever seen.
posted by TrialByMedia at 8:15 PM on August 1, 2015 [2 favorites]

This is perfect. Thank you.
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 9:53 PM on August 1, 2015

Also, is there any particular reason The Sacrifice isn't included on this site/post?
posted by shakespeherian at 10:12 PM on August 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

They just had a Tarkovsky retrospective in town and I think seeing Solaris, Nostalghia, and Stalker in a week broke my mood. Really I think Nostalghia, particularly the final couple of shots were stunning and have stuck with me the past few weeks.

I've been trying to figure out why Stalker is considered to be much better than Solaris. I really enjoyed them both, but found Solaris to be more affecting.
posted by kendrak at 11:08 PM on August 1, 2015

When my wife and I saw Stalker at a screening a year or so ago, two of the reels were accidentally swapped and we didn't notice, but we sure were impressed when we found out.
posted by Spatch at 12:02 AM on August 2, 2015 [2 favorites]

My local cinema had an Ozu retrospective last month and I'm hoping someday they'll do the same with Tarkovsky. What I would give to see Stalker on the big screen....

It's funny to see the difference in opinion in these comments alone. I also found it hard to get through Andrei Rublev. Solaris and Stalker are my favorites but I haven't seen all his films yet.
posted by Kosmob0t at 12:42 AM on August 2, 2015

Tarkovsky's Mirror Set to Arvo Pärt's Mirror in the Mirror (YouTube) - I've had this bookmarked for a long time.
posted by sidereal at 5:52 AM on August 2, 2015 [2 favorites]

Great post, infinite.
posted by doctornemo at 7:25 AM on August 2, 2015

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