Films of Andrei Tarkovsky
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3042
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Media Studies
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Directing
Description:
Explores the major works by Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-86), the greatest of the new wave of Russian filmmakers who emerged after the death of Stalin. Influenced by the great European (Antonioni, Bergman, Bresson) and Japanese (Kurosawa) directors of the 1950s and 1960s, Tarkovsky combined philosophical and metaphysical themes, mesmerizing long takes, and recurrent images to create a unique visual style that revolutionized returned Russian cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. Students are expected to watch (and write about) one film each week outside of class: Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1975), and Stalker (1979). Class readings will include Tarkovsky’s own writings, and essays by film historians and scholars. This is one of three five-week courses on cinema auteurs who were particularly influential in developing the art of editing and complement each other when taken sequentially.
Course Open to: Degree Students