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Last week, legendary Russian cinematographer Vadim Yusov was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th annual Plus Camerimage festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland and ComingSoon.net was on hand to speak (through a translator) with the man responsible for the photography in unforgettable celluloid masterworks like Ivan's Childhood , Andrei Rublev and Solaris . Now 83, a young Yusov met an even younger Andrei Tarkovsky in 1960, teaming for the short stage play adaptation "The Steamroller and the Violin." After continuing their creative partnership for over a decade, Tarkovksy and Yusov parted ways just prior to 1975's The Mirror . Yusov, who continues to work on feature films to this day, has also served as the head of Russia's Gerasimov Insitute of Cinematography »
For many good reasons, White Fox Mask is a mesmerizing piece of art; but for as many equally important ones -- it may be considered to be boring or rather tiring. Ricky Shane Reid’s second feature film is inspired both by the great Avant-garde of the late twenties and Andrey Tarkovskiy's metaphysical thrillers. And what I like in White Fox Mask -- and would like to focus on -- is this peculiar duality that appears within the plot; the selfhood of its main characters and connotations which echo through my head. Following those two paths, I see a surrealist-like artist from Jean Cocteau's films and the main protagonist from Tarkovskiy's Solaris, both of whom possess the lead character of White Fox Mask, Federico’s (Kentucker Audley) mind. Do we know who this man really is? All that is unveiled about Federico's past is that he is the »
- Anna Bielak
Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev Andrei Tarkovsky, Audrey Hepburn, Clara Bow Movies: Packard Campus May 2012 Schedule Friday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.) Solaris (Magna, 1972) An alien intelligence infiltrates a space mission. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. With Natalya Bondarchuk and Donatas Banionis. Sci-fi psychological drama. Black & White and color, 167 min. In Russian and German with English subtitles. Saturday, April 28 (7:30 p.m.) To Kill A Mockingbird (Universal, 1962) A Southern lawyer defends a black man wrongly accused of rape, and tries to explain the proceedings to his children. Directed by Robert Mulligan. With Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Brock Peters and Robert Duvall. Drama. Black & white, 129 min. Selected for the National Film Registry in 1995. Thursday, May 3 (7:30 p.m.) The Little Giant (Warner Bros., 1933) A Chicago beer magnate about to lose his business with the repeal of Prohibition, moves to California and tries to join society's upper crust, but his gangster origins prove tough to shake. »
- Andre Soares
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 »
Andrei Tarkovsky, who would have been 80 today — he died too young, 54, at the end of 1986 — has been brought back to many minds lately. One prompt would be the passing just last month of screenwriter Tonino Guerra, with whom Tarkovsky wrote Nostalghia (1983). The two documented the long gestation of Tarkovsky's first film made outside of the Soviet Union in Voyage in Time (shot in 1979 but only officially released in 1983). In this entry, you'll find not only a clip from Voyage but also an excerpt from Pj Letofsky's forthcoming documentary Tarkovsky: His God, His Devil in which Guerra, filmed in 2009, looks back on his collaboration with Tarkovsky.
For a few months now, Geoff Dyer has been sparking conversations about Tarkovsky with Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, which, as Ethan Nosowsky puts it in the Believer, "Dyer dons a metaphorical head-lamp to mine the ore" of »
[Updated with winners.] The Twitch-presented Attack The Bloc series of Cold War era science fiction films from the Eastern Bloc kicks off next week at the Tiff Bell Lightbox with a screening of Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris, January 19th at 9:30 pm.Something has gone wrong on the space station orbiting the mysterious planet Solaris: one member of the crew is dead, while the two survivors are sending strange, nonsensical messages back to Earth. Arriving at the station to investigate, psychologist Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) makes a startling discovery: Solaris is actually an immense intelligence that is capable of drawing forth one's fears and desires and bringing them to vivid, physical life. Kelvin is soon faced with the "return" of his long-dead wife, Hari (Natalya Bondarchuk) -- »
6 items from 2012
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