The film An Example of Intonation should not be seen as edification for colleagues or spectators — in order to teach them how to watch, speak, think, how to show. By “an example” I mean experience, a trial, an attempt.
I do not hide my good feelings for my principal character — neither do I hide the feeling of foreboding that certainly may not coincide with the real status quo. If you have discerned a Man in the leader of the Russian Parliament, a character of “big politics“, that is enough for me”. —Sokurov.spb.ru
One of the most important directors in both Russian and world cinema, Alexander Sokurov is considered by many to be the spiritual heir of the great Andrei Tarkovsky. Sokurov — who has enjoyed a long creative relationship with Tarkovsky — has discounted such comparisons, but certain similarities between their works remain indelible: a predilection towards very long takes, natural performances by their actors, and an almost otherworldly use of natural sounds and music. And, perhaps most important, both directors are concerned with the essential questions of human existence and the state of the human spirit.
Sokurov was the son of a World War II veteran. His family moved around a good deal while Sokurov was growing up, and after finishing high school, he went to Gorki, Russia’s third largest city. There, he attended Gorki University and began to work as an assistant television director when he was 19. He continued to direct television programs for the Gorki station until 1975, and… read more