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The masters of Russian arts and letters are a prestigious fraternity that includes such renowned artists as Tolstoy, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. But alongside these luminaries stands a lesser-known but equally revered figure, filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Robert Bird offers in Andrei Tarkovsky an unprecedented investigation of Tarkovskys oeuvre and its far-reaching influence on world cinema.

Bird brings a novel approach to his dissection of Tarkovskys wholly original techniques and sensibilities, arranging the films into elemental categories of Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. Solaris, Ivans Childhood, Mirror, Nostalgia, Andrei Rublev, and Sacrifice all get their due here; through them, Bird explores how the filmmaker probed the elusive correlation between cinematic representation and a more primeval perception of the world. Though the book also considers Tarkovskys work in radio, theatre, and opera—as well as his work as an actor, screenwriter, and film theorist—Bird throughout keeps his focus firmly on Tarkovsky as a consummate filmmaker.

 
Anchored by a wealth of film stills and photographs, Andrei Tarkovsky is a must-read for all film buffs and admirers of European cinema.

About the Author

Robert Bird is assistant professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the College at the University of Chicago, and the author of Andrei Rublev.
 
 

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction: Elements of Cinema
 
earth  1  The System
          2  Space
          3  Screen
fire     4  Word and Image
          5  Story
          6  Imaginary
water  7  Sensorium
           8 Time
           9 Shot
air     10 Atmosphere 
 
Chronology
References
Filmography/Credits
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

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Roger Sarao, May 25, 2009 (view all comments by Roger Sarao)
Bird has written a thoroughly researched book on Tarkovsky's approach to cinema. Like his films, this book needs time to sink into one's consciousness. It makes me want to re-watch all seven of Tarkovsky's major releases. Of the several books on Tarkovsky available (let's hope for more), this one, and of course Tarkovsky's own "Sculpting in Time," are essential.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781861893420
Author:
Bird, Robert
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Tarkovskii, Andrei Arsen'evich
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.4 x 6.25 in

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