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Poetry and Film: Artistic Kinship Between Arsenii and Andrei Tarkovsky

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One of the most significant filmmakers of modern times (Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, and Stalker), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) was hugely influenced by the poems of his father, Arsenii (1907–1989). Rendered here for the first time in English, the poems echo through many of the films and illuminate the creative relationship between father and son. One of the most significant filmmakers of modern times (Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, and Stalker), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) was hugely influenced by the poems of his father, Arsenii (1907–1989). Rendered here for the first time in English, the poems echo through many of the films and illuminate the creative relationship between father and son. While his son’s place in film history is acknowledged worldwide, Arsenii, who fell afoul of Soviet censorship, is still little-known outside Russia. The 148 poems translated here explore universal themes such as love, nature, family, aging, war, and memory, and place the poetry within the context of the father/son and poet/filmmaker relationship that so dominates the Tarkovsky story.


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One of the most significant filmmakers of modern times (Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, and Stalker), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) was hugely influenced by the poems of his father, Arsenii (1907–1989). Rendered here for the first time in English, the poems echo through many of the films and illuminate the creative relationship between father and son. One of the most significant filmmakers of modern times (Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, and Stalker), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) was hugely influenced by the poems of his father, Arsenii (1907–1989). Rendered here for the first time in English, the poems echo through many of the films and illuminate the creative relationship between father and son. While his son’s place in film history is acknowledged worldwide, Arsenii, who fell afoul of Soviet censorship, is still little-known outside Russia. The 148 poems translated here explore universal themes such as love, nature, family, aging, war, and memory, and place the poetry within the context of the father/son and poet/filmmaker relationship that so dominates the Tarkovsky story.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jonfaith

    The postcard I used as a bookmark during my reading of this features Josephine Baker dressed in her exotic finery, draped in jewels and holding a figurine of an elephant. By holding it by its forelegs and gazing into the face, Ms. Baker appears to be holding a film camera. I like that image. This is really two distinct books, an analysis of the Tarkovsky films featuring his father's poetry and then the complete verse itself of the director's father Arsenii. There is a triumphant ache to the poem The postcard I used as a bookmark during my reading of this features Josephine Baker dressed in her exotic finery, draped in jewels and holding a figurine of an elephant. By holding it by its forelegs and gazing into the face, Ms. Baker appears to be holding a film camera. I like that image. This is really two distinct books, an analysis of the Tarkovsky films featuring his father's poetry and then the complete verse itself of the director's father Arsenii. There is a triumphant ache to the poems. Lost love, the failure of progress and the pervasive realm of nature dominate. Written for the drawer, the elder Tarkovsky had an unimpeachable eye, one inherited by his auteur son. The elder tarkovsky deserves far greater recognition.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fabio

    A carefully edited and commented collection of poems by Arsenii Tarkovsky (Andrei's dad). Lovingly made, the essay and notes provide context and substantiate the title: the notions of time, the artist's role, the use of water and fire, and the themes of both poems and films are indeed very connected. It is no surprise when you hear the words of Arsenii in The Mirror or Stalker they fit right in. I just finished this during xmas eve so I feel like I have to give a small warning: If you have tenden A carefully edited and commented collection of poems by Arsenii Tarkovsky (Andrei's dad). Lovingly made, the essay and notes provide context and substantiate the title: the notions of time, the artist's role, the use of water and fire, and the themes of both poems and films are indeed very connected. It is no surprise when you hear the words of Arsenii in The Mirror or Stalker they fit right in. I just finished this during xmas eve so I feel like I have to give a small warning: If you have tendencies towards depression don't read this during the holidays. The tone is definitely that of rainy slow waiting time, nostalgia, longing. Very beautiful but definitely not cheery. To close, an example of the Father's poetry showcased in the Son's movies: Yesterday From Early on I waited (recited in Mirror) Yesterday from early on I waited, They all guessed you wouldn't come, D'you remember how lovely yesterday was? Holiday weather! I went out with no coat Today you arrived , and we were given A somehow specially sombre day, It rained, and the hour was somehow late, And drops trickled down cold branches. This - no word can salve, no handkerchief wipe away

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