Andrei Tarkovsky: Elements of Cinema by Robert BirdAndrei Tarkovsky: Elements of Cinema by Robert Bird

Andrei Tarkovsky: Elements of Cinema

byRobert Bird

Paperback | April 15, 2008

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The masters of Russian arts and letters are a prestigious fraternity that includes such renowned artists as Tolstoy, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. But alongside these luminaries stands a lesser-known but equally revered figure, filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Robert Bird offers in Andrei Tarkovsky an unprecedented investigation of Tarkovsky’s oeuvre and its far-reaching influence on world cinema.

Bird brings a novel approach to his dissection of Tarkovsky’s wholly original techniques and sensibilities, arranging the films into elemental categories of Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. Solaris, Ivan’s Childhood, Mirror, Nostalgia, Andrei Rublev, and Sacrifice all get their due here; through them, Bird explores how the filmmaker probed the elusive correlation between cinematic representation and a more primeval perception of the world. Though the book also considers Tarkovsky’s work in radio, theatre, and opera—as well as his work as an actor, screenwriter, and film theorist—Bird throughout keeps his focus firmly on Tarkovsky as a consummate filmmaker.
 
Anchored by a wealth of film stills and photographs, Andrei Tarkovsky is a must-read for all film buffs and admirers of European cinema.

About The Author

Robert Bird is assistant professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the College at the University of Chicago, and the author of Andrei Rublev.  

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Title:Andrei Tarkovsky: Elements of CinemaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.4 × 6.25 × 0.8 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Reaktion BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1861893426

ISBN - 13:9781861893420

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction: Elements of Cinema
 
earth  1  The System
          2  Space
          3  Screen
fire     4  Word and Image
          5  Story
          6  Imaginary
water  7  Sensorium
           8 Time
           9 Shot
air     10 Atmosphere 
 
Chronology
References
Filmography/Credits
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

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"In his inspired and rigorous book, Robert Bird addresses the uniqueness of Tarkovksy's cinema through a detailed exploration of the medium's constituent parts, revealing in the process the intricate ways in which film can radically shift our vision . . . This profound and eloquent book is a feat of regard, intuition and clarity."–Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema