Tarkovsky

Tarkovsky

Films, Stills, Polaroids & Writings

  1. Andrei A. Tarkovsky
  2. Hans-Joachim Schlegel
  • ISBN 9780500516645
  • 30.50 x 24.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 320pp
  • With 350 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2012

Andrey Tarkovsky was the most important Russian filmmaker of the post-war era, and one of the world’s most renowned cinematic geniuses.

‘Proves that even a single frame from the great man’s films conveys great beauty and profundity … reproduces stunning images from his seven films’ – Sight and Sound


Tarkovsky’s films are characterized by metaphysical themes, extended takes, an absence of conventional dramatic structure and plot, and a dream-like, visionary style of cinematography. They achieve a spiritual intensity and transcendent beauty that many consider to be without parallel.

He directed the first five of his seven films – Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, Mirror and Stalker – in the Soviet Union, but in 1982 defected to Italy, where he made Nostalgia. His final film, The Sacrifice, was produced in Sweden in 1985.

This book presents extended sequences of stills from each of the films alongside synopses and cast and crew listings. It includes reflections on Tarkovsky’s work from fellow artists and writers including Jean-Paul Sartre and Ingmar Bergman, for whom Tarkovsky was ‘the greatest, the one who invented a new language.’

Extracts from Tarkovsky’s own writings and diaries offer a wealth of insights into his poetic and philosophical views on cinematography, which he described as ‘sculpting in time’. The book also reproduces many personal Polaroid photographs that confirm the extraordinary poetic vision of a great artist who died aged only 54, but who remains a potent influence on artists and filmmakers today.

Andrey A. Tarkovsky is the director’s son.
Hans-Joachim Schlegel is a film historian and editor and translator of the writings of Sergei Eisenstein and Andrey Tarkovsky.
Lothar Schirmer is a renowned publisher based in Munich.