Tarkovsky’s Polaroids‎

/ Access into the luminous world of Andrei Tarkovsky /

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Russian auteur Andrei Tarkovsky is often cited as the greatest cinematic artist of all time. His roster of just seven films – including ”Andrei Rublev”, ”Ivan’s Childhood” and ”Solaris” – have made him one of the most lauded directors in history, awarded a Golden Lion, the Grand Prix du Jury at Cannes and, posthumously, the Lenin Prize – the highest accolade in the Soviet Union. One of his heroes, Ingmar Bergman, stated that Tarkovsky for him is one of 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. Veneration for Tarkovsky has not dimmed since his premature death in 1986, making the recent discovery of a cache of his polaroids a thrilling find. Taken between 1979 and 1984, in the years before his death from a cancer supposedly contracted on the set of Stalker, they span his last months in the Soviet Union and the years he spent researching and filming in Italy.

In these vignettes from his personal world…

We are left spellbound by a quiet and captivating insight into the world of a man who rendered dreams reality.

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In these vignettes from his personal world, populated by his dog, his children, his garden and the view from his window, we are left spellbound by a quiet and captivating insight into the world of a man who rendered dreams reality, creating worlds of wonder and truth that have never been equalled despite all the bombast of modern technology. Very much in the spirit of his moving image work, they capture nature, individuals and light in images that shine with the singular humanity which imbues his films.

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