10 April 2012 4:35 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Andrei Tarkovsky would have turned 80 years old on Wednesday and the Tumblr and Twitterverses were buzzing with tributes to the Russian grand master. My favorite was the concise observation by one Raúl Pedraz [Update: actually a quote from Chris Marker’s One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich] that Tarkovsky was the only filmmaker whose entire work lies between two children and two trees.

It’s a couple of days late but I wanted to offer my own tribute to one of my very favorite filmmakers (Mirror being the film that I always hold up as my favorite film of all time). It is very hard to find Tarkovsky posters that have not been seen before so I was happy to stumble upon this rare East German poster for Tarkovsky’s first feature, Ivan’s Childhood, featuring, happily, a boy and a tree.

[Update: Thanks to Criterion I just discovered that, by happy coincidence, Ivan’s Childhood had its world premiere in Moscow exactly 50 years ago today!]

Tarkovsky is one filmmaker for whom I’d gladly have posters that simply feature gorgeous images from his film (of which there »

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