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.
“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