Gosh, what can you say about Tarkovsky? I don’t always understand him, and he can be painfully slow. But when I watch his films, I feel like I’m watching pure art. His technique of editing within a take is unmatched. The closest American we have might be Terrence Malick as far as the poetry of filmmaking goes.
Andrei Rublev – The live burning cow might upset some people, but this is the Soviet Union circa 1966. This kinda long, but there’s some beautiful stuff in here.
Solaris – His weakest film and Andrei’s least favorite. Still some interesting stuff here. For those of you annoyed with the nearly 5 minute driving sequence, you need to put it in context. Those scenes were shot in Tokyo, and in the early 1970’s Soviet Union, that looked like a futuristic city. Granted, it didn’t need to be so long, but what can ya do?
The Mirror – There’s some great images in here. Plus you get to listen to Russian poetry. Win win!!
Stalker – Interesting tidbit; the original negative was destroyed and the whole film had to be re-shot from scratch. Did I say “interesting,” I meant to say “horrible.” Yikes!
Nostalghia – He made this in Italy while in exile. The final pullout is one of the greatest film viewing experiences I ever had. It probably won’t affect others the same way (that’s only because they’re cultureless barbarians). This was pure art.