Perhaps the greatest Russian filmmaker since Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (1932 – 1986) searched for truth and discovered beauty rarely glimpsed in the hurried pace of contemporary cinema. The seven features “sculpted in time” by the celebrated director and mystic in a career cut short by lung cancer at the age of 54 are among the most influential, acclaimed, audacious, and awe-inspiring film works to emerge from postwar Europe.
“If you look for a meaning, you’ll miss everything that happens.” – Andrei Tarkovsky
Working within the strictures of the Soviet film industry taught Tarkovsky how to comment on modern social and cultural conditions without directly addressing them, lending his work a timeless, universal quality. Meditative, metaphysical, uncommonly lyrical, remarkably textured, and incomparably visual, Tarkovsky’s is a cinema of moral and spiritual questing, of powerful apocalyptic poetry, of tour-de-force long takes and tracking shots, of vivid monochrome and muted color, of unforgettable images and dreamlike landscapes. Steeped in Eastern Orthodox mysticism and abounding in feverish symbolism, Tarkovsky’s films conjure up a hermetic, hallucinatory world that often speaks more directly to the subconscious than to the rational mind. Encompassing a wide range of genres including science fiction, war stories, film essays and historical dramas, Tarkovsky’s work expanded the possibilities of cinema as an art form, leading legendary filmmaker (and ardent Tarkovsky admirer) Ingmar Bergman to proclaim: “Tarkovsky for me is the greatest director, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” This January, The Loft Cinema celebrates the great Russian auteur Andrei Tarkvosky by presenting four of his greatest, most mind-blowing, works of art on the big screen!