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Andrei Tarkovsky: Interviews

Edited by John Gianvito

OCTOBER, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index

1578062209 Paper $25.00T

1578062195 Unjacketed cloth $50.00S

Paper, $25.00

Unjacketed cloth, $50.00

"For me, cinema is simply an original way to create a new universe, a fascinating world that we show to others so they can discover all its hidden wonders."

Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) was one of Russia's most influential and renowned filmmakers, despite an output of only seven feature films in twenty years. Revered by such filmmaking giants as Ingmar Bergman and Akira Kurosawa, Tarkovsky is famous for his use of long takes, languid pacing, dreamlike metaphorical imagery, and meditations on spirituality and the human soul. His Andrei Roublev, Solaris, and The Mirror are considered landmarks of postwar Russian cinema.

Andrei Tarkovsky: Interviews is the first English-language collection of interviews with and profiles of the filmmaker. It includes conversations originally published in French, Italian, Russian, and British periodicals. With pieces from 1962 through 1986, the collection spans the breadth of Tarkovsky's career.

In the volume, Tarkovsky candidly and articulately discusses the difficulties of making films under the censors of the Soviet Union. He explores his aesthetic ideology, filmmakers he admires, and his eventual self-exile from Russia. He talks about recurring images in his movies--water, horses, fire, snow--but adamantly refuses to divulge what they mean, as he feels that would impose his own meaning onto the audience. At times cagey and resistant to interviewers, Tarkovsky nevertheless reveals his vision and his rigorous devotion to his art.

John Gianvito is an assistant professor of visual and media arts at Emerson College as well as a filmmaker and film critic. His feature films include The Flower of Pain, Address Unknown, and The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein. In 2001 Gianvito was made a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

OCTOBER, 224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index