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Sculpting in time : reflections on the cinema

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Andrey Tarkovsky, the genius of modern Russian cinema - hailed by Ingmar Bergman as "the most important director of our time" - died an exile in Paris in December, 1986.

In "Sculpting in Time", he has left his artistic testament, a remarkable revelation of both his life and work.

Since "Ivan's Childhood" won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1962, the visionary quality and totally original and haunting imagery of Tarkovsky's films have captivated serious movie audiences all over the world, who see in his work a continuation of the great literary traditions of nineteenth-century Russia.

Many critics have tried to interpret his intensely personal vision, but he himself always remained inaccessible.

In "Sculpting in Time", Tarkovsky sets down his thoughts and his memories, revealing for the first time the original inspirations for his extraordinary films - "Ivan's Childhood", "Andrey Rublyov", "Solaris", "The Mirror", "Stalker", "Nostalgia", and "The Sacrifice".He discusses their history and his methods of work, he explores the many problems of visual creativity, and he sets forth the deeply autobiographical content of part of his oeuvre - most fascinatingly in "The Mirror" and "Nostalgia".

The closing chapter on "The Sacrifice", dictated in the last weeks of Tarkovsky's life, makes the book essential reading for those who already know or who are just discovering his magnificent work.

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University of Texas Press
0292776241 / 9780292776241
Paperback / softback
01/04/1989
United States
English
254p. : ill.
22 cm
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Reprint. This translation originally published: London: Bodley Head, 1986; New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.
Tarkovsky sets down his thoughts and his memories, revealing for the first time the original inspirations for his extraordinary films
Tarkovsky sets down his thoughts and his memories, revealing for the first time the original inspirations for his extraordinary films APFA Film theory & criticism, APFB Individual film directors, film-makers