Elements of cinema. Andrei Tarkovsky
author of Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde 1943-2000\n\nThe films of Andrei Tarkovsky have been revered as ranking on a par with the masterpieces of Russias novelists and composers. His work, from films such as Ivans Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, Mirror, Nostalgia and Sacrifice, has had an enormous influence on the style of contemporary European film, with its open narrative structures and slow, pensive mood; yet Tarkovsky has remained an elusive subject for reflection and analysis. This book is a comprehensive, well-illustrated and much-needed account of Tarkovskys entire film output. \n\nRobert Birds analysis is centred around a detailed account of Tarkovskys technique, which provides the best interpretive guide to both the directors films and his theoretical speculations. Integrating his idiosyncratic ideas with his films irresistible sensuality, Bird highlights Tarkovskys fascination with the elusive correlation between cinematic representation and the more primeval perception of the world. \n\nThe book examines Tarkovskys films elementally, grouping them into four sections: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. It also discusses Tarkovskys works for the radio, theatre and opera, and how he was in addition an accomplished actor, screenwriter, film theorist and diarist. The authors claim, however, is that Tarkovsky was a filmmaker before all else, and this book examines what Tarkovskys cinema reveals about the medium in which he worked. \n\nA thorough yet accessible study, with a wealth of images including stills from films as well as the director and crew on set, this book will be of interest to all fans of Tarkovsky, students of film studies, and readers interested in European and Russian cinema.
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