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In praise of Tarkovsky

If you're a gear head and your only interest is in Camera Technology, this article will not appeal to you. On the other hand, if you like image making and viewing the work of great photogographers, read on:

https://www.gwarlingo.com/2013/the-p...everyday-life/
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Re: In praise of Tarkovsky

Interesting set Steve. I could see the art in many of them, but some left me cold. I guess that's a good hit rate though .
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Thanks Steve, Tarkovsky is one of my favourite directors along with Herzog. Sadly, the book is a bit pricey, but nice to bookmark the web page. There was a season last year on Film4, it was great to catch up on Stalker again. It burns into your brain. The Polaroids mean more if you are familiar with his films, which are about as far from Hollywood cobblers as you can get. Bit of an acquired taste though.
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Re: In praise of Tarkovsky

Interesting recurrent connection between art film makers and the Polaroid:

https://magazine.polaroidoriginals.c...roid-pictures/
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Thanks Steve, Tarkovsky is one of my favourite directors along with Herzog. Sadly, the book is a bit pricey, but nice to bookmark the web page. There was a season last year on Film4, it was great to catch up on Stalker again. It burns into your brain. The Polaroids mean more if you are familiar with his films, which are about as far from Hollywood cobblers as you can get. Bit of an acquired taste though.
Much too expensive for me as well; so a mental note to myself to look out for a pricing error in a second hand book store, or somewhere. It would be so nice to hold the book and view the images as reflected light.

It amazes me how some artists have the ability to communicate visually. I've been doing this photography long enough to realise I'm nothing more than a 'snapper', with little chance of progressing much further.

I keep returning to this statement by Tarkovsky, as it's quite deep to understand
"Never try to convey your idea to the audience,” said Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, “—it is a thankless and senseless task. Show them life, and they’ll find within themselves the means to assess and appreciate it.”
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Interesting recurrent connection between art film makers and the Polaroid:

https://magazine.polaroidoriginals.c...roid-pictures/
There's a certain liminal quality produced by the Polaroid done well, requiring more from the viewer than the act of merely looking. With the more literal type of image I can look and be done in a matter of seconds, but with the likes of Tarkovsky and Wenders I find myself fixated and another level of consciousness transcends. I'm hooked.
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Thanks Steve, Tarkovsky is one of my favourite directors along with Herzog.
Mine too!
I also love Eisenstein's camera work - especially the huge skies in 'Alexander Nevsky'.

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Yes - it's in my 'Top Ten'! It's deeply unsettling, especially seen for the first time. I must read the book that it's based on (Roadside Picnic) sometime.

(For those that are interested, I've got a download of 'Stalker'.)

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Yes - it's in my 'Top Ten'! It's deeply unsettling, especially seen for the first time. I must read the book that it's based on (Roadside Picnic) sometime.

(For those that are interested, I've got a download of 'Stalker'.)

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Reading the Wikipedia page, it doesn't stick closely to the book, and reminded me of how troubled the filming was. One account said he shot exterior locations for a year before returning to Moscow to process the film, and lost the lot as it was unfamiliar stock that was ruined. He sacked the cinematographer, and shot it all again. Much of the shooting was done in dangerous abandoned industrial sites, and several of the crew died later, probably from prolonged exposure to various toxins.

This account of the filming by one of the crew looks worth a look: https://immos.livejournal.com/80622.html

I recorded it on an old HDD recorder I no longer use much, and stupidly deleted it. Wish I'd kept it now, though you need a few years between viewings I think! Is your download in a transferable form Jim?
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I recorded it on an old HDD recorder I no longer use much, and stupidly deleted it. Wish I'd kept it now, though you need a few years between viewings I think! Is your download in a transferable form Jim?
It's a 1.5 Gig Matroska (mkv) file, so it should play on any digital file player (I usually use VLC). I can put it on a disc and send it to you if you PM me with your address.

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It's a 1.5 Gig Matroska (mkv) file, so it should play on any digital file player (I usually use VLC). I can put it on a disc and send it to you if you PM me with your address.

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Many thanks Jim, PM sent.
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Interesting recurrent connection between art film makers and the Polaroid:

https://magazine.polaroidoriginals.c...roid-pictures/
A friend sent me this link about the Wenders exhibition when I told him about the Tarkovsky one. Nice 6 minute video interview with him:
https://thephotographersgallery.org....nstant-stories
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Arrived this morning thanks Jim, and looks great on my PC. I foolishly tried it my ancient Panasonic DVD player, and it sat chuntering for ever sounding like it was formatting it! I eventually forced it to eject it, and all still fine.

I've still got Nostalgia and The Sacrifice waiting to watch on the Panasonic hard disk from the Film4 season. I can burn them to DVD on there if you haven't seen them.

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Re: In praise of Tarkovsky

Re-awakening this old thread, as there was a superb The Film Programme recently on Radio 4 about a writer's (Moira Buffini) relationship with Stalker over the years, presaging Chernobyl, amongst other evocative views. Available for a year, and downloadable.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00070ng
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Jim, I sent you a question by PM in case you haven't seen it, thanks.
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