About Sharunas Bartas
Well, I resent the comparisons -- as when any filmmaker uses long shots, minimal editing, and seems attuned to a more natural rhythm... they say, "Oh, he's like Tarkovsky." Bartas was not spared this connection. I only wanted to point out their differences. Comparing him to Demille might seem like comparing Obama to Hitler. I didn't mean for it to come across so reactionary. But, if you watch Bartas, you will see that nothing compares to the silence, the stillness, quiet waiting, devotional tone, of Bartas. There's something somewhat irrational in Bartas that I don't find in Tarkovsky, too. Perhaps its because I've watched Tarkovsky too many times, but I don't think the hermeticism of his images is all that cryptic. It's easy to spot certain visual motifs and themes that keep arising, but less so with Bartas.