An excellent documentary that is all the better for allowing Tarkovsky's words and actions speak for themselves. Erland Josephson reads from Sculpting in Time while Tarkovsky himself, not near as austere as his films would lead you to expect, directs his actors with patience and grace. One of the best making-of films there is.
In short, the making-off of Tarkovski’s last movie & insight into his creative process. Watching him work, so concentrated on each step, so vibrant, so keen to translate to screen own vision of things, one does not expect for him to stop, but go on & on. He says himself he is immortal & it is believable & faith-inducing. On the downside, the end result - the actual movie - is less Tarkovski & more Bergman & Fellini.
Interesting merge of a documentary and behind-the-scenes of "The Sacrifice" that gives the opportunity to watch Andrei Tarkovsky work on his final film, explaining his motivation, and what film-making and cinema means for him. It gets quite deep and personal at times. If you appreciate Tarkovsky's work, this is a rare opportunity to see him interacting with his work colleagues and the atmosphere during the shoot.
"Cinema is the only art that operates with the concept of time. Not because of its developing in time, because so does music, theatre, ballet and other art forms. I mean time in the literal sense. It is the fixing of time, the fixing of reality. The conservation of time for us to keep forever. No other art form can fix time except film. So film is a mosaic of time."
Iconogrpahic documentary on Tarkovsky during the shooting of "The Sacrifice". At times ponderous, due to the heavy metaphysical load that Tarkovsky adds too his unique vision, it nonetheless pays great tribute to Tarkovsky who comes across as far more down to earth than one would assume. The despair during the burning sequence, S.Fleetwood's focus on the role and Andrei on his deathbed are some admirable moments.