For a film about war, Ivan’s Childhood (1962) by Andrei Tarkovsky dwells quite unexpectedly upon the natural landscape of its narrative. At first, this might seem somewhat unsurprising; after all, most films set during war often make use of the battered terrain of the landscape, if only to show the fallout and power of the weaponry available. Ivan’s Childhood does more than this and contains … Continue reading The Forests Of Ivan’s Childhood (1962) – Andrei Tarkovsky.
It’s hard to imagine a film made today being as unashamedly honest and personal about its director’s past as Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1975 film, The Mirror. The title alone informs the viewer all they’ll need to know about the personal reflection that is about to unfold before their eyes over 101 minutes worth of some of the most beautiful and affecting images ever caught on camera and … Continue reading The Mirror – Andrei Tarkovsky (1975)
Perhaps being from the west, Russian film fulfills that same function as cultural currency meaning we as a western audience are only shown what the country considers to be its finest and most cultured films yet this matters little in an argument for national cinemas as this is the image projected to us as an audience and only a true Russian will know whether all … Continue reading How Historical And Cultural Dynamics Shaped The Work Of Andrei Tarkovsky (Part 1 – Stalker)
Writing about a film such as Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker is not an easy task. Anyone with a pure and honest love for cinema will find Tarkovsky’s work in general to be awe inspiring, perhaps even approaching cinematic perfection. Stalker is something so ambitious in its message and graceful with its visuals, watching another film after it can be extremely trying, yet simply waxing lyrical about it wouldn’t do … Continue reading Stalker – Andrei Tarkovsky – (1979)