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By Peter Green

A survey of the paintings of Andrei Tarkovsky, the Russian film-maker who lived from 1932-1986. it's a severe exam of his movies within the gentle of his personal writings and lifestyles, his aesthetics of movie, his conception of time in cinematography and an try and understand his imaginative and prescient. the flicks which are tested are: "Ivan's Childhood", "The Mirror" and "Andrei Rublyov". The publication is to be released at the anniversary of Tarkovsky's start in April 1992.

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Simply someone who has never done any evil? 9 Kelvin's inmost wishes reveal themselves to be the resurrection and finally the creation of a new Harey, the chance to atone for lost opportunities. The ocean draws its mental models for materialisations from man's sleeping state. The significance of this state is taken up again by Tarkovsky towards the end of the film when he quotes the passage from Don Quixote in which Sancho Panza describes the similarity between sleep and death. In linking the idea of immortality and resurrection, resurrection and new creation, Tarkovsky was, of course, returning to a question that concerned him both as a matter of belief and in the realm of artistic creation.

Ultimate truth, Tarkovsky argued, is not accessibleY Tarkovsky's colour code often provides useful information in this respect. But in Solaris, his first full-length colour film, it is still in its inceptive stage and provides only a tentative guide. Where used to distinguish between the general narrative and the film-within-film passages (in black and white) its use is clear. On the other hand, the sequence of Berton's return to the crowded, teeming city of Lem' s book (in itself an eloquent document of modem urban values) is also shot in black and white.

Here are personal attributes, too, that one asso­ ciates with the director and his films: the pictures of hot-air balloons, or the unsaddled horse roaming free outside. But perhaps the most striking statement of Kelvin's leave-taking - and of human depar­ ture from this world - is the breakfast still life Tarkovsky creates on the garden table in the thunderstorm. The classical motifs of vanitas painting that the director explored again and again in his films are present here: the half-emptied cup, the jug, the cherries, the half-eaten apple, and the bread - tokens of an abandoned repast, as if a circle of people had been called away, suddenly, in the midst of life.

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