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Sun
26
Jun
2016
 

Widely regarded as Andrei Tarkovsky’s finest film, Andrei Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th-century Russian history which was marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and Tatar invasions. Made on an epic scale, it does not flinch from portraying the savagery of the time, from which, almost inexplicably, the serenity of Rublev’s art arose. The great set pieces – the sack of Vladimir, the casting of the bell, the pagan ceremonies of St. John’s Night and the Russian crucifixion - are tours-de-force of visceral filmmaking.

 

"An extraordinary ode to the power of art" Theodora Clarke, Sight & Sound

Part of the Sculpting Time Andrei Tarkovsky Retrospective www.tarkovsky.co.uk

Fri
01
Jul
2016
 

Mirror is the celebrated Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s most autobiographical work in which he reflects upon his own childhood and the destiny of the Russian people. The film’s many layers intertwine real life and family relationships – Tarkovsky’s father, the poet Arseny Tarkovsky, reads his own poems on the soundtrack and Tarkovsky’s mother appears as herself – with memories of childhood, dreams and nightmares. From the opening sequence of a boy being cured of a stammer by hypnotism, to a scene in a printing works which encapsulates the Stalinist era, Mirror has an extraordinary resonance and repays countless viewings.

 

"A dazzlingly beautiful film, fascinating in its visual splendour… it is an experience which should not be missed" The Times

Part of the Sculpting Time Andrei Tarkovsky Retrospective www.tarkovsky.co.uk

Fri
01
Jul
2016
 

Deep within the Zone, a bleak and devastated forbidden landscape, lies a mysterious room with the power to grant the deepest wishes of those strong enough to make the hazardous journey there. Desperate to reach it, a scientist and a writer approach the Stalker, one of the few able to navigate the Zone’s menacing terrain, and begin a dangerous trek into the unknown. Adapted from Arkady & Boris Sturgatsky’s novel ‘Roadside Picnic’, Andrei Tarkovsky’s second foray into science fiction after Solaris is a surreal and disturbing vision of the future. Hauntingly exploring man’s dreams and desires as well as the consequences of realising them, Stalker has been described as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time.

 

"Visually unforgettable and possibly Tarkovsky’s finest work" Philip French, The Guardian

Part of the Sculpting Time Andrei Tarkovsky Retrospective www.tarkovsky.co.uk

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