The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov travels through Italy accompanied by his guide and translator as he researches the life of an 18th Century Russian composer, Pavel Sosnovsky. There he meets Erland Josephson, a local pariah who declares that the world is coming to an end.
Andrei Tarkovsky is one of cinema’s great prophets, an artist whose images and revelations are singular in film history. Made while in exile from the USSR, Nostalghia is no exception: an often-overlooked masterwork, restored in HD. Winner of Best Director at Cannes—an honor he shared with Bresson!
A glacial elegy to loss and loneliness. Shot through with spiritual longing. These landscapes are full of poetry. A delicate dream with a handful of scenes that are as haunting as anything under Tarkovsky's pen.
Prosaic and poetic, Tarkovsky challenges plot-obsessed Hollywood and Mosfilm imitators. Tarkovsky challenges the notion of film. Tarkovsky's films are a story of experience rather than plot. Because sometimes the most beauty comes not from getting what you want or deserve but simply getting through with some grace. This is my favorite of his films. Haunting and, like its namesake, unspeakably "nostalgic."
Tarkovsky's favorite trope, enervated men sloshing through puddles of water, here takes center stage as the climactic act of a tortured spiritual quest - much more lively than it sounds. The key figure is Josephson's holy fool, who wants to go out in a blaze of glory, but burns while a woman looks on applying her makeup. It's dark, but funny, inaugurating the self-satire Tarkovsky would complete with The Sacrifice.
A masterpiece that reminded me of two things: 1. When it comes to aesthetics, in classic auteur cinema, there is no director like Tarkovsky 2. When it comes to art, there is no Country as rich of wonderful treasures as the one I live in