Nostalghia: The work of Andrei Tarkovsky
March 7, 2004 6:47 AM   Subscribe

Nostalghia : a site devoted to the work of the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky.
posted by carter (6 comments total)
I found this after pandaharma's post on Elena's travels around Pripyat and Chernobyl on her motorbike, which reminded me of Tarkovsky's Stalker.
posted by carter at 6:50 AM on March 7, 2004

That's a weird site. I don't think I've ever seen a site about a movie director that didn't have a page labeled Movies or Filmography or the like. Photos, Graphics, Documentaries... The Topics page includes "special sections" on two movies and a placeholder for a third, and that's it. Mind you, it's a very well-designed site, and I guess if I were more interested in peripherals I'd be more impressed, but Mirror is one of my favorite movies, and this is the kind of thing I like. OK, on further investigation I see it's included in the Links page, which has all kinds of great stuff, so I'll bookmark it instead of the main page. Er, never mind my carping—great post! I love Tarkovsky.
posted by languagehat at 8:32 AM on March 7, 2004

I agree with languagehat: Mirror is excellent, and I was about to mention the site he linked to....
posted by Utilitaritron at 8:43 AM on March 7, 2004

If only more great filmmakers had sites like this devoted to their work.

Tarkovsky was a cranky soul:
Hamlet — or a portion of it at least — should be filmed in Monument Valley. It's astonishing that in places like this, where one ought to talk to God, Americans make westerns like John Ford used to do. Quakers. A village. Superquakers. Girls in long skirts. Vast spaces, roads on which it's impossible to get run over by a passing car. Emptiness. Tiny towns and a wonderful prairie. Poor Americans — with no soul, no roots, living in a land of spiritual riches, a land they don't know and don't appreciate. New York is terrible.

It's a shame he never lived to make Superquakers 4: The Emptiness.
posted by liam at 8:47 AM on March 7, 2004

I like Tarkovsky quite a bit, but he really needed an editor.
posted by boltman at 11:23 AM on March 7, 2004

Solaris feels unfinished yet is still compelling, Andrei Rublev is wonderful, and even the endlessly rambling Stalker is worth the effort just for its imagery of decay. I really should get round to seeing Mirror.
posted by malevolent at 1:26 PM on March 7, 2004

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