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Andrey Tarkovsky, the genius of modern Russian cinema—hailed by Ingmar Bergman as “the most important director of our time”—died an exile in Paris in. Tarkovsky sets down his thoughts and his memories, revealing for the first time the original inspirations for his extraordinary films. Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema () by Andrei Tarkovsky translated by Kitty Hunter-Blair (, University of Texas Press).

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Quite unexpectedly it occurred to us to have negative images in the third dream.

Sculpting in Time : Reflections on the Cinema

Indeed, any imbalance between form and concept will preclude the creation of an artistic image, for the work will remain outside the realm of art. Not a technical treatise but more of a phenomenological work. The film will not happen.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. With a foolish smile on the broad, imperturbable face of the man convinced that the world is as flat as a pancake and rests on three whales.

Otherwise, we should be seeking the essence of that physically manifested art. Time isn’t a thing, it’s an idea.

Sculpting in Time – On Art and Aesthetics

Think of the fate and character of an artist like Alexander Grin,” who when he was dying of hunger went off into the mountains with a home-made bow and arrow to shoot some sort of game. I decided to see all of Tarkowski’s movies. Back cover copy In Sculpting in Time, Andrey Tarkovsky has left his artistic testament, a remarkable revelation of both his life and work. Valya was like a negative of Bogomolov’s nurse: With respect, Audrey, if you are not able to answer my letter in full, could you at least let me know where I could read something about the film?


One may complement or contradict another, but in no circumstances can they cancel each other out; on the contrary, they enrich one another, and accumulate to form an all-embracing sphere that grows out into infinity.

Sculpting in Time

Pushkin believed the poet had the gift of prophecy. He believes the most impactful way to portray a situation is with the reality of events rather than obtuse metaphors. Of course many other plots have been constructed in this way, but it is by no means always the case, as it is with Ivan, that the denouement is inherent in the conception and comes about through its own inner necessity.

They undoubtedly can; indeed it is the especial virtue of cinema, as the most realistic of the arts, to be the means of such communication. On the basis of making the film I had to establish what I could count upon in the future, and what would not stand the test. What “We all know the tradicional genre of ancient Japanese poetry, the haikku. Above all the unique freedom enjoyed by practitioners in both fields to take what they want of what is offered by the real world, and to arrange it in sequence within time.

We could define it as sculpting in time.

Cause and effect arc, in a moral sense, linked retroactively; and then a person does, as it were, return to his past. For him to be takovsky that a sequence of such deeds is due and right, that it lies in the very nature of things, he has to have faith in the idea, for only faith interlocks the system of images for which read: In ogni frase trasuda una lucida passione, ma non con la trita aria evanescente-artistica-fricchettona, bensi’ con una struttura teorica, teoretica e spirituale cosi’ solida che ci potresti costruire sopra una casa.


The last scene of the dream was deliberately shot near water, on the beach, in order to link it with the last dream of Ivan.

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Art symbolises the tarkogsky of our existence. Surely one cannot believe that it all happened simply from material shortages? But more of that later. In Sculpting in Time, he has left his artistic testament, a remarkable revelation of both his life and work.

Philosophy seeks the truth, defining the meaning of human activity, the limits of human reason, the meaning of existence, even when the philosopher reaches the conclusion that existence is senseless, and human effort — futile. The emotional texture of the story was alien to me. The Sacrifice, was made in Sweden in There was something startling in his look, it gave you a feeling of apprehension.

But in artistic creation the personality does not assert itself, it serves another, higher and communal idea.

He pronounces a sentence of St-John “the verb made in chair”. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I think Bogomolov’s Ivan is in this category. I could not have transferred such a style to the screen, it would have been against my principles.