“Every gift involves a sacrifice. If not, then it’s not really a gift”
Tarkovsky’s final cinematic achievement is a meditative prayer of a film dealing with themes of hope, death, regret, and religion, centering around a vow taken too far. The Sacrifice looks at how far a fragile man is willing to go to protect his family in a world of agnosticism and denial of faith.
Watched on 9/1/20
“During the party, like a candle, I faded away “
Tarkovsky once said, “we spend a third of our lives asleep (and thus dreaming): what is there that is more real than dreams?”
An auteur whose art has become an extension of the artist himself. Tarkovsky’s last two films abroad are essentially the director continuing to wrestle with his nature, his outlook on life, and the turmoil he underwent during his creative conflict with the Soviet Union and his ultimate departure from his home country.
“Feelings unspoken are unforgettable”
ANDREI TARKOVSKY RANKED
Rewatched on 8/31/20
“When a man thinks of the past, he becomes kinder. But the main thing is—the main thing is, you must believe”
Whats surprises me about Tarkovsky is his willingness to show such emotional and fragile men humiliate themselves for their art or religion. To watch a Tarkovsky film is to subject yourself to an overtly religious artist’s existential and philosophical anguish as he attempts to channel his emotions and understanding of life through the medium he knows best.
Rewatched on 8/29/20