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Despite the difficulties that the director, Andrei Tarkovsky, experienced getting this film shown abroad, or even obtaining an official release in his native Soviet Union (or perhaps partly due to those reasons), the work is currently very highly regarded. In the most recent BFI Sight & Sound critics' and directors' polls of the best films of all time, released in 2012, the film achieved the exceptionally high ranking of 27th in the critics' poll. However, Tarkovsky's own later film The Mirror (1975) (The Mirror), outranked it, placing 19th in the same poll. Similarly, in the directors' poll of that year, the film tied for 13th place, while The Mirror appears in 9th place. See more »
The smoothly-cut logs that feature many times in the early scenes are clearly cut with machinery not available in the early C15th. See more »
He has ruined cinema for me and this is one of the masterpieces that did it. Everytime you see one of his film's you proclaim: "That's the best picture ever made!" Which can't be true as that was the last Tarkovsky film you saw. I've seen this one many times at the cinema and is the best three hours of celluloid you're likely to see apart from Solaris, which is Tarkovsky anyway.
Tarkovsky wanted to make art that would change people's lives and in this he succeeded. Although his life was troubled and his projects clawed into life randomly from the grip of his film studio bosses, when viewed as a whole they seem to be all part of some great plan that was meant to reach fruition right from the start. He believed that ultimately it is best to do things that deepen one's inner life rather than impoverish it. That may explain why you leave most Hollywood films feeling soiled. There are too many great scenes and moments in this astonishing and monumental work to mention so I won't. Suffice it to say it would have been fascinating to have seen what Tarkovsky would have made had he lived and returned from exile to his homeland. Recent events in Russia and the Balkans make this film even more vital and pertinent today.
The trouble is Tarkovsky's films have such extraordinary purity and spiritual depth that no other films seem able to satisfy one in the same way. They seem flat, lifeless and unable to compete. Why watch the let's-pretend-grown ups like Tarantino when you can watch a real grown up? So like I said, Bloody Tarkovsky. He has ruined cinema for me.
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