Tarkovsky, the genius of modern Russian cinema
hailed by Ingmar Bergman as "the most important director of
our time" died in exile in Paris in December 1986. In
Sculpting in Time, he has left his artistic testament, a
remarkable revelation of both his life and work.
Since Ivan's Childhood won the Golden Lion at the
Venice Film Festival in 1962, the visionary quality and
totally original and haunting imagery of Tarkovsky's films
have captivated serious movie audiences all over the world,
who see in his work a continuation of the great literary
traditions of nineteenth-century Russia. Many critics have
tried to interpret his intensely personal vision, but he
himself always remained inaccessible.——
from a genius
extraordinary book is not just about filmmaking, it's about all
art...about life, faith, inner exploration, and the Russian soul.
contains exquisite poetry, mostly written by Tarkovsky's father, Arseny
Tarkovsky, and detailed descriptions of the making of several of his
films, as well as photos from them that show the eerie, mystical, and
incredible beauty of his work.
is master of making us see the wonder of all creation in the most mundane
subjects. He brings us one step closer in our journey toward the light
through his art.
page 43: "The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed,
to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. The
aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his
soul, rendering it capable of turning to good".
in Time" is basically a rant by a great film director. That's not to
say that his rants don't have their merit. They do. They illuminate his
aesthetic approaches to filmmaking and his concept of art (or, as he would
say, Art) in society. The trouble is, his comments do not really assist
those who simply want to better understand his films. If you're like me
and want to gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for
Tarkovsky's works, get "The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual
Fugue" by Vida T. Johnson and Graham
《雕刻时光》有个副标题：塔可夫斯基的电影反思（Reflections on the Cinema）。但书中并没有系统地对作者的电影作品做足够多的介绍与分析，尽管它确实提及了所有这些电影。作者更多地是针对电影制作的各方面工作及相关角色、相关领域，阐述自己的零散看法。从中我们至少可以得知，塔可夫斯基反对爱森斯坦的蒙太奇理论，还认为电影的表现手法不能陷于文学化，如此等等。由于本书基本不针对具体电影作品，所以如果想对它们做深入了解，还是应该按照上面某位外国读者的意见，读其他的书更好。