Retrospective «Tarkovsky Time» includes all of his movies and many films made about him and allows audience to simply come to the cinema and see this hypnotic film-universe as a whole. Films are accompanied by the comments of Tarkovsky’s contemporaries which you can see in the documentaries about him in our programme.
It is a term project, made in 1956 by a group of VGIK students, M.Romm’s class. The film is a screen adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s short story of the same title. Two assassins come to a small town. Their target is a boxer Ole Anderson. While he learns of a possible assassination attempt, he does nothing to save himself. First screen appearances of Andrei Tarkovsky (one of the visitors in the bar) and Vasily Shukshin (Ole Anderson).
ANDREI RUBLEV, 1966
Ancient Russia at the beginning of the XV century. The country is torn by princely feuds. People are exhausted by Tatar raids, famine and pestilence... In this tragic era of Russia a great artist manifests himself; the film is dedicated to his life and work.
Drama. The main character is painfully afraid of losing love and understanding of loved ones: his mother, his beloved woman, his son. He feels that life is driving them more and more apart with every day. While trying to keep the family together, he turns in his memory to the strongest impressions of his childhood, trying to find support and justification for his current feelings in that child worldview. The original working title of the film was «White, White Day».
THE MOSCOW ELEGY, 1988. DIRECTOR ALEXANDER SOKUROV
«Film «The Moscow Elegy» is part of a series of documentaries made at Leningrad Documentary Film Studio, united by a common «elegiac mood» – subjective impressions of the individual and historical fate of the great filmmaker. I would like to add that our task was to create a special intonation towards human memory and personality of Tarkovsky. We wanted to manage the material gently, affectionately, with kindness. We did not aim to cover all aspects of Tarkovsky’s life and work. We only speaks about what is left at home and what was happening at the time in the West, where he was forced to work», – Alexander Sokurov.
ANDREI TARKOVSKY. LIFE AND FATE. THE RETURN, 1989. DIRECTOR MARINA PERTEGAS.
A documentary about the life and work of director Andrei Tarkovsky in two parts – «Life and Fate» and «The Return». The film uses excerpts from films, documentary footage, memories of his relatives.