"Tarkovsky" pays tribute to the substantial legacy of Andrei Tarkovsky, the most important Soviet filmmaker of the post-war era, and one of the world's most renowned cinematic geniuses. His reputation has grown significantly since his death twenty years ago in Paris. Tarkovsky created spiritual, existential films of incredible beauty, repeatedly returning to themes of memory, dreams, childhood and Christianity. Hugely influential on directors such as David Lynch, Steven Soderburgh, David Lynch and Lars Von Trier, he is particularly known for his re-imagining of the science fiction genre in films such as "Solaris" and "Stalker."
"Tarkovsky" provides a collection of accessible academic essays by leading film studies professionals that explore aspects of Tarkovsky's films including their sociological and psychological dimensions, their cinematic language and their rich symbolism. Contributions include the first ever English translation of Jean-Paul Sartre's famous essay on the film "Ivan's Childhood," along with pieces by Harvard professor Stephanie Sandler, film critic and curator James Quandt, and Evgeny Tsymbal, assistant director to Tarkovsky on "Stalker."
"Tarkovsky" is illustrated with original stills along with studio shots, lobby cards, posters and other rare ephemera and contains a wealth of previously unseen material from Soviet archives, making it the definitive text on Tarkovsky's singularly complex body of work.
"A deluxe anthology" "Book Forum"
"A landmark volume on a perpetually elusive film-maker" "Film International"