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Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986)

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. This... See full bio »


(age 54) in Paris, France

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 20 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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 1986 The Sacrifice (scenario)
 1983 Nostalgia (screenplay - as Andrey Tarkovsky)
 1983 Voyage in Time (TV Movie documentary)
 1979 Stalker (screenplay - uncredited)
 1979 Beregis, zmey! (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
 1975 The Mirror (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
 1974 The Fierce One (uncredited)
 1974 Sour Grape (uncredited)
 1972 Solaris (screenplay - as A. Tarkovskiy)
 1971 Konets atamana (uncredited)
 1968 Sergey Lazo (uncredited)
 1966 Andrei Rublev (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
 1962 Ivan's Childhood (uncredited)
 1961 The Steamroller and the Violin (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
 1959 There Will Be No Leave Today (screenplay - as A. Tarkovskiy)
 1956 The Killers (Short) (screenplay - as A. Tarkovskiy)
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Other Works:

ed. Schirmer/Mosel (1988) See more »

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6 Biographical Movies | 11 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Andrzej | Andrei Tarkovski | Andrei Arsenevich Tarkovskii | Andrei Tarkovskij | A. Tarkovskiy | Andrey Tarkovskiy | Andrei Andreevich Tarkovsky | Andrey Tarkovsky


5' 7½" (1.71 m)

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I think that by concealing the shadowy aspects of life it is impossible to reveal deeply and fully what is beautiful in life. All the processes occurring in the world are born from the battle between old and new, between what has died and what is accumulating strength for life. And the cinema, like any other art, is mostly interested in this process: life in its movement. See more »


Wrote the Book 'Sculpting in Time'. In it he explains and discusses his views on cinema, cinema as an art, his own films and the use of poetry in his films. See more »


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