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New on Video: Andrei Tarkovsky’s ‘Nostalghia’

23 January 2014 9:04 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Nostalghia (1983)

Written by Andrei Tarkovsky and Tonino Guerra

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Italy, 1983

Nostalghia was Andrei Tarkovsky’s penultimate film, and the 1983 movie, made for Italian television, has the tone and scope of a work of contemplation and austere topicality, not at all uncommon for an artist in his or her later portions of life. The notion of this frequent tendency, to broach issues of dire seriousness in concluding creations, doesn’t work seamlessly with Tarkovsky, though. To begin with, while Nostalghia may have been his second-to-last feature, he was only 51 at the time (he tragically passed away just 3 years and one film later). In addition, this type of weighty subject matter had been common thematic territory for Tarkovsky since his first films in the early 1960s. And though only having made seven feature films, each approach was a spiritual level of visual, verbal, and atmospheric transcendence not regularly attempted by many other filmmakers, »

- Jeremy Carr

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Nostalghia | Review

20 January 2014 5:36 PM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky Writer(s): Andrei Tarkovsky (screenplay), Tonino Guerra (screenplay) Starring: Oleg Yankovsky, Domiziana Giordano, Erland Josephson, Patrizia Terreno Russian writer Andrei Gorchakov (Oleg Yankovsky) travels to Italy to study the life of Russian composer Pavel Sosnovsky a man that would ultimately take his own life upon returning to his native Russia. Andrei brings along an interpreter, Eugenia (Domiziana Giordano), and together they travel to a convent to gaze upon its ancient art and other ruins. There should be joy of some sort in such an adventure, but there is only isolation, both physical and mental. Once in Italy, Andrei begins to unravel and to make sense of his journey becomes an exercise in futility. Let me begin by stating I am not going to attempt to understand completely what Nostalghia means or what it meant to Andrei Tarkovsky. In fact, this is the only Tarkovsky film I've »

- Dirk Sonniksen

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