Andrei Tarkovsky is unquestionably one of the greatest filmmakers that Russia, and indeed the world, has ever seen. Although he made just seven feature films -among them 'Andrei Rublev', 'Solaris' and 'The Sacrifice' - before his life was cut tragically short by cancer at the age of 54, each is an artistic masterpiece and a major landmark of world cinema. This exceptional body of work, characterised by metaphysical and spiritual explorations of the human condition together with images of extraordinary beauty, is celebrated in this video with films by acclaimed directors Alexander Sokurov and Chris Marker, and Tarkovsky himself.
Moscow Elegy (1987) Conceived to mark the 50th anniversary of Tarkovsky's birth, this is a highly personal tribute by Alexander Sokurov - the acclaimed director of 'Russian Ark' and 'Mother and Son' - to the man who was both his mentor and friend. Reflecting upon Tarkovsky's life, his far-reaching influence and the void left by his defection from Soviet Russia to Europe in 1982, this elegiac film features fascinating footage of the man at work and rest, and, of course, his films.
One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevitch (1999) This appreciation of Tarkovsky made by his friend Chris Marker for the French television series 'Cinema du Notre Temps' is both an illuminating personal portrait and a poetic study of the Russian master's films. Granted access to the set of 'The Sacrifice' Marker captured fascinating and insightful behind-the-scenes footage, including the editing process which the then gravely ill Tarkovsky conducted from his sickbed.
Tempo Di Viaggio (Time of a Journey) (1983) Tarkovsky's documentary explores the creation of the screenplay for his penultimate film 'Nostalgia'. It shows his wide-ranging discussions with his Italian co-writer Tonino Guerra (Antonioni's regular collaborator) and the hunt for suitable locations that might embody his vision of the film.