The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky

The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky

A Visual Fugue
Vida T. Johnson and Graham Petrie
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/1/1994
Format: paper 352 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-20887-3
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“Johnson and Petrie have produced an admirable book. Anyone who wants to make sense of Tarkovsky’s films—a very difficult task in any case—must read it.” —The Russian Review

“This book is a model of contextual and textual analysis. . . . the Tarkovsky myth is stripped of many of its shibboleths and the thematic structure and coherence of his work is revealed in a fresh and stimulating manner.” —Europe-Asia Studies

“[This book,] with its wealth of new research and critical insight, has set the standard and should certainly inspire other writers to keep on trying to collectively explore the possible meanings of Tarkovsky’s film world.” —Canadian Journal of Film Studies

“For Tarkovsky lovers as well as haters, this is an essential book. It might make even the haters reconsider.” —Cineaste

This definitive study, set in the context of Russian cultural history, throws new light on one of the greatest—and most misunderstood—filmmakers of the past three decades. The text is enhanced by more than 60 frame enlargements from the films.

Author Bio

VIDA T. JOHNSON, Associate Professor and Director of the Russian program at Tufts University, has co-authored, with Graham Petrie, a chapter on Andrei Tarkovsky in Five Filmmakers (edited by Daniel Goulding). GRAHAM PETRIE, Professor of Drama at McMaster University, is the author of The Cinema of François Truffaut, History Must Answer to Man: The Contemporary Hungarian Cinema, and Hollywood Destinies: European Directors in America 1921–1931.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on References
A Note on Transliteration
Introduction

Part One

1. A Martyred Artist?
2. Shaping an Aesthetics of Cinema
3. Working Methods

Part Two

4. Beginnings: The Steamroller and the Violin and Ivan’s Childhood
5. Andrei Roublev
6. Solaris
7. Mirror
8. Stalker
9. Nostalghia
10. The Sacrifice

Part Three

11. Imprinted Time: The Development of a Style
12. The Image: Indivisible and Elusive
13. Life as Appearance, Life as a Dream
14. A Dialogue with Art

Appendix: Film Symopses
Notes
Filmography
Works Cited
Index