Andrey Tarkovsky, the genius of modern Russian cinema—hailed by Ingmar Bergman as “the most important director of our time”—died an exile in Paris in. Tarkovsky sets down his thoughts and his memories, revealing for the first time the original inspirations for his extraordinary films. Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema () by Andrei Tarkovsky translated by Kitty Hunter-Blair (, University of Texas Press).
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This approach to the depiction of war was persuasive because of its hidden cinematic potential.
Full text of “Andrei Tarkovsky – Sculpting In Time”
What came into being was a new aesthetic principle. After reading Sculpting in Time, I just feel like I have endless pages of memoirs to fill sculpfing.
Bunuel’s work is deeply rooted in the classical culture of Spain. For the first time ever a film has become something real for me, and that’s why 1 go to see it, I want to get right inside it, so that I can really be alive. That was why Goethe remarked that ‘the less accessible a work is to the intellect, the greater it is. When less than everything has been said about a subject, you can stiU think tarkovskky further.
Sculpting in Time : Reflections on the Cinema
The human conscience is dependent upon time for its existence. And indeed from the point of view of mutual respect only that kind of reciprocity is worthy of artistic practice.
In ogni frase trasuda una lucida passione, ma non con la trita aria evanescente-artistica-fricchettona, bensi’ con una struttura teorica, teoretica e spirituale cosi’ solida che ci potresti costruire sopra una casa.
Unfortunately further difficulties tend to arise in any theoretical discussion in this area because of the abundance of terms and tarkovksy which serve merely to obscure the meaning of what is said and compound confusion on the theoretical front. A noble but sombre role! Sculpting in Time by Andrei Tarkovsky. Creative work is his atrkovsky possible form of existence, and his every work is like a deed he has no power to annul.
There’s no death, there is immortality.
But Cervantes himself was if anything more faithful to his hero than the latter to his Dulcinea. Understanding an artistic image means an aesthetic acceptance of the beautiful, on an emotional or even supra-emotional level. Reflections on the Cinema.
Alas, here are are what I took to be the noteworthy points raised in the book: What is known as the moment of death is also the death of individual time: Against the background of the rest of the day, that event stands out like a tree in the mist.
But memory is something so complex that no list of all its attributes could define the totality of the impressions through which it affects us. In any case it is perfectly clear that the goal for all art — unless of course it is aimed at the ‘consumer’, like a saleable commodity — is to explain to the artist himself and to those around him what man Uves for, what is the meaning of his existence.
Now, of course, I hold different views on many things.
Sculpting in Time – On Art and Aesthetics
In my view poetic reasoning is closer to the laws by which thought develops, and thus to life itself, than is the logic of traditional drama. For the Virgin Mary, in the artist’s representation is an ordinary citizen, whose psychological state as reflected in the canvas has its foundation in real life: In any case I knew it would certainly not be a historical or biographical work.
In a non-developing, zndrei state of tension, passions reach the highest possible sfulpting, and manifest themselves more vividly and convincingly than in a gradual process of change. Instead of attempting to capture these nuances, most unpretentious ‘true-to-life’ films not only ignore them but make a point of using sharp, overstated images which at best can only make the picture seem far-fetched.
Such an artist can discern the lines of the poetic design of being. The beginning The completion of Ivan’s Childhood marked the end of one cycle of my life, and of a process that I saw as a kind of self-determination.
Reflections on the Cinema. After Nostalgia Chapter IX: Many critics have tried to interpret his intensely personal vision, but he himself always remained inaccessible. The next thing that struck me was the fact that this austere war talc- was not about violent military clashes, or the ins and outs of reversals at the scupting. The birth and development of thought are subject to laws of their own, and sometimes demand forms of expression which are quite different from the patterns of logical speculation.
For a moment during the closing pages, I possessed the eventual goal of donating most everything I own, grabbing a couple interested people, and moving ib the middle of nowhere in Northern Washington to be surrounded by a limitless beauty.
In a very real sense every individual experiences this process for himself as he comes to know life, himself, his aims. The closing chapter on The Sacrifice, dictated in the last weeks of Tarkovsky’s life, makes the book essential reading for those who already know or who are just discovering his magnificent work. That was why 1 saw the content of the story merely as a possible basis, the vital essence of which would have to be reinterpreted in the light of my own vision of the finished film.