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Tarkovsky - Auteur Project


Hi,

I am doing a project for my Film Studies class on Tarkovsky, and the problematic I have devised is:

'Does Tarkovsky's Auteurship lie in his visual style or his Philosophical Ideologies?'

What would you consider the stronger feature of his oeuvre, the spirituality or the cinematic style? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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It is difficult to see how one can be separated from the other: Tarkovsky's spirituality brought his cinematic style into being. One gave birth to the other over a course of a lifetime in a slow, evolutionary, yet highly integrated way. Would not dissecting them into two separate components lead to a purely intellectual analysis of his work?

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Re: Tarkovsky - Auteur Project


1 (visual style) + 1 (philosophical ideology) = 1

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I can't answer the question directly but I would suggest looking at Solaris, a film which doesn't originate with Tarkovsky, and asking whether it is more or less of a Tarkovsky film for having originated with a story by Stanislaw Lem ?

Tarkovsky was harsh on the film in some of his interviews - maybe because of this fact - but I think it's his greatest work.

Obviously there is a lot of Tarkovsky in the adaptation but I think, like a painting on a mythological theme, he emerges with greater presence in a work that isn't as personal as his later films.
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I believe that Tarkovsky had no thought of a cinematic style. Everything he created arose organically from his need to express his soul's purpose which he felt was completely spiritual in its nature. Even the use of cinema itself was a vehicle which he felt was most fitting to explore the depth of spiritual questions that are the foundation of a life and indeed of human existence.
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Style / Intent


That's a very interesting perspective and one that I have contemplated with regards to Tarkovsky. Certainly it explains the more abstract, poetic nature of his later films.

Although Tarkovsky was no doubt an intellectual, I agree with you in that the intellect was very much secondary in the creation of his later films, which seem to be nearly wholly intuitive.



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I have been re-reading Tarkovsky's book "Sculpting In Time". It really sheds light on his views of art, spirituality, cinema and God. It is a must for all those interested in this Master's work.
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