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I found this website and forum recently and I felt as though I had found a home!

I wanted to share with you a few thoughts. First, I have come to feel that Andrei Tarkovsky is a true prophet of our time. He is often described as a Poet of the Cinema but I think of him as the Prophet of the Cinema. I have had a series of dreams about him that have left me feeling filled with peace and intensely uplifted. He dedicated himself to his art and suffered for it. He saw the potential that cinema possesses to teach and elevate the human spirit but warned us of the corruption that could, and has, come to warp cinema into a commercialized, adventure ride with no substance. Each time I watch one of his films I get a deeper understanding of it and of the world.

I also want to let everyone know about an amazing and difficult film I just got through a friend's prompting. It is called "USA The Movie". It is unique and strange and beautiful. It has a narrative that deals with the Iraq war, September 11, a lost soul's aimless journey through America and on a universal level, human suffering and the curse of violence we perpetrate on ourselves and others.
Martin Luther King's voice rings through the film at various times and he speaks both from love and pain. He calls on America, indeed, all humankind to awaken to the word of God that is Love. I really suggest it to anyone who has a connection to the peace that the Universal Heart offers. The film is like a teaching for our time. It reminded me of Tarkovsky because it obviously sets out to enlighten not to entertain and it succeeds. I got mine through Amazon.com. I think it is only available there.

I'm so glad that there are people to connect with who maintain a higher view of cinema. It is a blessing to see this site.
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Thank you for your comments about our site and, especially, for your suggestion and your contributions on the subject of Tarkovsky's cinema. If you do not mind a personal question, was your name made up especially for this board or are you in any way related to Andrei Tarkovsky?

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My user name is a tribute to Tarkovsky. I am related to him in spirit but not by blood.

Do you feel that there is hope for cinema to turn away from its current mass-produced commodification focus and find a higher path? Or do you think it is too late and that humanity (as a whole, not all individuals) is losing the capacity to appreciate art as spiritual teaching?
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 First, I have come to feel that Andrei Tarkovsky is a true prophet of our time. He is often described as a Poet of the Cinema but I think of him as the Prophet of the Cinema. I have had a series of dreams about him that have left me feeling filled with peace and intensely uplifted. He dedicated himself to his art and suffered for it.



I agree with you about Tarkovsky's great cinematic and spiritual importance but you cannot say he suffered for it. Tarkovsky was no martyr, even if in later years he felt the calling to become one. The aesthetization of death and martyrdom is ultimately tied to somewhat fascist leanings even if it has an irresistible pull when related to belief.

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He saw the potential that cinema possesses to teach and elevate the human spirit but warned us of the corruption that could, and has, come to warp cinema into a commercialized, adventure ride with no substance.



There is always a coincidence of theological and socialist beliefs: City of God/City of Man, both believe in harmony in the earthly life. Tarkovsky's cinema is cognizant of a spiritual reaction against the bankrupt ideology of the USSR, hence the trouble getting his work shown. And yet, such films have never been made in the West, although Bergman comes close at points, and certainly within capitalism there is an erosion of spiritual beliefs. This is why Pier Pasolini created the St.Matthew Passion Gospel due to the erosion of Catholic piety by television in Italy. Pasolini was a Marxist who created the greatest film about Jesus ever made.

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I also want to let everyone know about an amazing and difficult film I just got through a friend's prompting. It is called "USA The Movie". It is unique and strange and beautiful. It has a narrative that deals with the Iraq war, September 11, a lost soul's aimless journey through America and on a universal level, human suffering and the curse of violence we perpetrate on ourselves and others.
Martin Luther King's voice rings through the film at various times and he speaks both from love and pain. He calls on America, indeed, all humankind to awaken to the word of God that is Love. I really suggest it to anyone who has a connection to the peace that the Universal Heart offers. The film is like a teaching for our time. It reminded me of Tarkovsky because it obviously sets out to enlighten not to entertain and it succeeds. I got mine through Amazon.com. I think it is only available there.



I don't mean to be rude if I am getting you wrong but this sounds like a plug for the film, or a piece of guerilla marketing. Again, apologies if I am mistaken.

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I don't mean to be rude if I am getting you wrong but this sounds like a plug for the film, or a piece of guerilla marketing. Again, apologies if I am mistaken.




*sigh* I have become too cynical nowadays...

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My user name is a tribute to Tarkovsky. I am related to him in spirit but not by blood.

Do you feel that there is hope for cinema to turn away from its current mass-produced commodification focus and find a higher path? Or do you think it is too late and that humanity (as a whole, not all individuals) is losing the capacity to appreciate art as spiritual teaching?



Probably, just about everybody in this forum would be able to identify with your feelings towards Tarkovsky, as in one way or another we all feel related to him in spirit.

Regarding the state of cinema today, we don't hold out any hope for the cinema made for the masses, since adjusting ourselves to their tastes would involve a severe spiritual compromise. We place all the hope for the future of cinema in the efforts of individuals, who continue to listen to their inner voice and their conscience when creating something of spiritual benefit for their fellow-men. Interestingly enough, Sokurov (in one of his Russian interviews) stated that he completely gave up on expecting anything of any real value from the studio-productions, and that he expects meaningful cinema only from individuals now.

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I am eagerly looking forward to seeing your film once my DSL connection is restored. I think I will be able to understand your views better when I experience your creation.

Until then, two questions: 1. How did Tarkovsky's work change your life (as stated in your post about your project)? 2. In your opinion, what constitutes suffering?

In looking over my post I can see how you might feel that I am a guerilla marketing plant for USA The Movie. I did, in fact, "plug" the film and I have let other people know about it too. However, this is because it moved me deeply, not because I have other motives. It connected with me on a level that is hard to describe so I thought I'd share that with the seekers on this site.
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Until then, two questions: 1. How did Tarkovsky's work change your life (as stated in your post about your project)? 2. In your opinion, what constitutes suffering?
 



Tarkovsky changed me life because he made me see the world with new eyes. The first film of his I saw was Stalker and then Mirror. His view of stillness, rain, buildings reclaimed by nature was a beautiful and timelessly sad portrait of life and the world.

In contrast to the usual ebb and flow of media banality that suspends you in an absolute present of narcissism and conflict, his work made me appreciate the slower more graceful elements of life: snow resting on fields, the sound of the wind, leaves rustling and the beauty of rain falling. All the spectrum of emotions Tarkovsky opened me to, with his beautiful and melancholy visions. No other director has ever touched me so profoundly.


If he suffered it was because his ideals could never match reality, and his poetic life could never be realised inside of modern society.

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I completely agree with all you are saying. I am wondering if you have read Sculptng In Time as well as Tarkovsky's diaries. Two profoundly different texts, both extremely powerful.
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Although there are smatterings of folkloric and mythic elements in some mainstream films, they tend to be stripped of any true substance. Studio productions are fast food: edible but filled with junk. The being becomes so stimulated and hooked on the excesses of fat, salt and sugar that they can no longer appreciate the subtlety and depth of flavor in a home-cooked or even a gourmet meal. And so it is with film for the masses when box office rules.

I think, however, that rare individuals with unique vision and inner voice have always created the masterpieces we recognize as art in cinema. They are, and have been very few and far between.
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