As a longtime admirer of the Russian master and someone who's always been enchanted yet oftentimes disoriented about the meaning of his films, watching Marker deconstruct his artistic vision -at once with such insight and elegant simplicity- feels like the definitive critical assessment of one of the towering figures of XX century cinema.
A thoughtful nuanced view of Tarkovsky at the end of his life through the eyes of Chris Marker. Full of all of the observations you love most about every great Marker film, with all of the attention focused on one of cinema's greatest filmmakers who died far too young but left us with some of the best films ever made. "Some deliver sermons, the greats leave us with our freedom."
Both a look at the emotion at the heart of Tarkovsky's family, a portrait of a dying artist, an astute montage of recurring themes and elemental motifs in Tarkovsky's work, and a farewell gift from a friend and great admirer - Chris Marker. Marker shows his admiration and his deep understanding of Tarkovsky, and touches on the sublime spirit that he brought to filmmaking that has spoken to our hearts.
Despite being a huge fan of Marker and Tarkovsky, I didn't see this until now. Who else but Marker could take the pieces of another filmmaker's oeuvre (and what amazing raw material) and with interpolation of video and narration, create an entirely new and illuminating context? I found myself moved to tears as if I was seeing Tarkovsky's films again for the first time. Marker was the greatest of all editors.
A new book 'Andrei Tarkovsky: A Photographic Chronicle of the Making of The Sacrifice' has been published to mark Andrei Tarkovsky's 80th Birthday Anniversary. The book contains more than 250 photographs taken over the course of the shooting period. Photographs and text by Tarkovsky's interpreter Layla Alexander-Garrett. For more info: www.cygnnet.co.uk