Sergei Parajanov: Surrealist Poet of Soviet Cinema
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Philadelphia, PA, 19104
New 35mm restored print!
dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, Italy/Soviet Union, 1983, 35mm, Italian and Russian with English subtitles, 125 min.
“As my teacher I consider an absoIuteIy young and amazing director, Tarkovsky, who even didn’t reaIize himseIf what a genius he was in Ivan’s ChiIdhood.” — Sergei Parajanov
We salute the friendship and cinematic kinship between Sergei Parajanov and Andrei Tarkovsky by beginning our series with a new 35mm restoration of one of Tarkovsky’s lesser-seen classics.
Exiled from the USS R, consummate film poet Tarkovsky (Solaris, Stalker) poured his stirrings of homesickness into this spectrally beautiful, metaphysical exploration of spiritual isolation and Russian identity. While researching the turbulent life of a 17th-century composer in the perpetually mist-shrouded Tuscan countryside, a soul-sick Russian poet (Yankvosky) forms an unusual kinship with an apocalypse-obsessed local madman (Josephson). Tarkovsky evokes the textures of dreams and memories through ravishing monochrome and sepia-toned reveries and flashbacks, while conjuring the hushed and haunted tone of a trance in this late-career masterwork. — BAM