The director mixes flashbacks, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.
Poet in Cinema: Andrei Tarkovsky is a window to the Russian filmmaker, revealing his thoughts on art and the artist and his understanding of the human experience.
"Many manage to separate their life from their films. They live one way and express other ideas in their works. They are able to split their conscience. I can't. To me cinema is not just my job: it's my life, and each film is an act of my life."
Song is À Celui Qui A Vu L'Ange, from Tarkovsky Quartet by François Couturier, a musical tribute to the filmmaker.
This is an excerpt from Tarkovsky interviews on art.
Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (Russian: Андре́й Арсе́ньевич Тарко́вский) (April 4, 1932 - December 29, 1986) was a Soviet filmmaker, writer and opera director.
Tarkovksy is listed among the 100 most critically acclaimed film directors; director Ingmar Bergman was quoted as saying "Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream". Tarkovsky attained critical praise for films such as Andrei Rublev, Solaris and Stalker.