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Re: Andrei Tarkovsky

#326 Post by Roger Ryan » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:27 pm

albucat wrote:Kino's putting out a special edition release of The Sacrifice, with the main feature being: "Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, a documentary on the making of THE SACRIFICE (102 minutes)." Does anyone know if this is worth watching?
If you like Tarkovsky and are interested in seeing his methods as a filmmaker then the documentary is essential. Since there is very little footage of Tarkovsky on-set for any previous film, it's extremely fortunate that behind-the-scenes footage was shot during his last.

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Re: Andrei Tarkovsky

#327 Post by swo17 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:48 pm

Also, that doc is included as an extra on most if not all prior releases of the film.

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#328 Post by dda1996a » Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:04 am

Yeah it's good. It's not the most in depth, but it's fascinating watching him work with his crew and actors. There's even footage of the first unsuccessful take of the house burning. It also uses Sculpting in Time as it's guiding structure so I recommend reading that in tandem.

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Re: Andrei Tarkovsky

#329 Post by solaris72 » Thu May 31, 2018 11:23 am

Something interesting I've been reading of that I hadn't come across before is Tarkovsky possibly having tried to work in Hollywood in the late 70s. I haven't watched Natalya Bondarchuk's interview on the Criterion release of Solaris in a while but here it's said she brings it up. The page also mentions Ken Russell's claim in his autobiography that Tarkovsky was considered for Altered States. Furthermore, Tarkovsky collaborator Andrei Konchalovsky directed a truly bizarre 2010 film The Nutcracker in 3D. Watching the making-of, he says that the genesis of making a Nutcracker movie originated between him and Tarkovsky, and that they shopped it around to Hollywood as an international co-production in the 70s. Konchalovsky of course did succeed in crossing over to be a Hollywood director, (at roughly the same time Tarkovsky left the Soviet Union, both of them made their final Soviet films in 1979) and the Nutcracker film he ended up making decades later doesn't resemble anything one would have expected from a Tarkovsky film (not even what one would imagine he might have made as a studio picture). It's well known that Tarkovsky wanted to make a film about ETA Hoffmann, who wrote the novella on which Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet was based. I do recall from Tarkovsky's diaries he wrote about visiting America and spoke of making a film there (he spoke of having Hamlet on his mind, and was particularly entranced by Monument Valley), but I don't recall anything regarding working in Hollywood. Can anyone shed any light on this period?
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Re: Andrei Tarkovsky

#330 Post by beamish14 » Thu May 31, 2018 11:52 am

That's really fascinating. I can buy the story of Tarkovsky being on the long list for Altered States, as Paddy Chayefsky
had an enormous amount of autonomy over who was chosen to translate his material to the screen, and I imagine he couldn't
think of many other candidates at the time who could handle a story like that. I'm always interested in the path many international
filmmakers take in Hollywood, and I wonder if Tarkovsky had lived longer, that he may have sought ought financing from organizations
like Cannon or Miramax.

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Re: Andrei Tarkovsky

#331 Post by zedz » Thu May 31, 2018 5:07 pm

beamish14 wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 11:52 am
I wonder if Tarkovsky had lived longer, that he may have sought ought financing from organizations
like Cannon or Miramax.
I think of Tarkovsky's 98-minute (cut down from three and a half hours) 1996 erotic thriller starring David Caruso and Melanie Griffith that we never got to see and I weep.

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