Andrei Tarkovsky’s Sublime Polaroids‎ (And Free Films)

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Polaroids‎ (1979 – 1984) show us thoughtful and dreamy visions of his native Russia, featuring his family, his dog, his home, his garden, views from trips to Italy and a ‘selfie’. Tarkovsky (4 April 1932 – 29 December 1986) is the revered film director of whom Ingmar Bergman said, “Tarkovsky for me is the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.”

Akira Kurosawa adds: “I love all of Tarkovsky’s films. I love his personality and all his works. Every cut from his films is a marvellous image in itself.”

Tarkovsky’s Polaroids‎ are sublime.

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Tonino Guerra recalled the artist’s Polaroids:

“In 1977, on my wedding ceremony in Moscow, Tarkovsky appeared with a Polaroid camera. He had just shortly discovered this instrument and used it with great pleasure among us. …Tarkovsky thought a lot about the ‘flight’ of time and wanted to do only one thing: to stop it — even if only for a moment, on the pictures of the Polaroid camera.”

 

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“Some sort of pressure must exist; the artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would simply live in it. Art is born out of an ill-designed world.”
― Andrei Tarkovsky

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“We can express our feelings regarding the world around us either by poetic or by descriptive means. I prefer to express myself metaphorically. Let me stress: metaphorically, not symbolically. A symbol contains within itself a definite meaning, certain intellectual formula, while metaphor is an image. An image possessing the same distinguishing features as the world it represents. An image — as opposed to a symbol — is indefinite in meaning. One cannot speak of the infinite world by applying tools that are definite and finite. We can analyse the formula that constitutes a symbol, while metaphor is a being-within-itself, it’s a monomial. It falls apart at any attempt of touching it.”
― Andrei Tarkovsky

 

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“Never try to convey your idea to the audience – it is a thankless and senseless task. Show them life, and they’ll find within themselves the means to assess and appreciate it.”
― Andrei Tarkovsky

 

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“The director’s task is to recreate life, its movement, its contradictions, its dynamic and conflicts. It is his duty to reveal every iota of the truth he has seen, even if not everyone finds that truth acceptable. Of course an artist can lose his way, but even his mistakes are interesting provided they are sincere. For they represent the reality of his inner life, of the peregrinations and struggle into which the external world has thrown him.”
― Andrei Tarkovsky

 

 

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The artist himself

 

Watch Andrei Tarkovsky’s films for free (via):

Ivan’s ChildhoodWeb
Andrei Rublev Part 1Part 2
Solaris – Part 1 – Part 2<
The Mirror  – Web
Stalker Part 1Part 2

 

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