Andrei Tarkovsky and Tonino Guerra, in their search for the location of Nostalghia (1983), give an account of their extraordinary “Travel across Italy”. Guerra guides Tarkovsky through Italy’s most traditional beauties
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A little gem. Very poetic and profound. The scene at the beginning where Guerra receives a phone call from Antonioni (who wanted to say hello to Tarkovsky) made me cry. They don't make intellectuals like these three guys nowadays.
“They should not separate their film from the life they live. A director is like any other artist: a painter, a poet, and it is required from him to contribute his own self. Secondly, they should be prepared for the thought that cinema is a very difficult and serious art. It requires sacrificing of yourself. You should belong to it, it shouldn't belong to you. Cinema uses your life, not vice versa.” -Andrei Tarkovsky
Lovely documentary, especially enjoyed the debates between Tarkovsky and Guerra regarding location choices for filming Nostalgia, and Tarkovsky's immediate dismissal of anything obviously beautiful, wanting the landscape to not overpower the inner world of the characters, but to reflect it.
There is something beautiful about the old, decaying buildings and the sound of traffic in the background, this is for some strange reason Italy to me. The dinner scene was my highlight moment. More and more I enjoy these films about film making, like this and Burden of Dreams.
A film on the illusion of life. "Cinema uses you, not vice versa." A film that resembles it's creator, men who possess the desire to look passed reality and question their existence throught art. An absolute masterpiece.