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Cinema, de notre temps: Une journee d'Andrei Arsenevitch (2000)

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Through film clips, journal entries, and personal musings, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENEVICH is renowned French filmmaker Chris Marker's homage to his friend and colleague, Andrei Tarkovsky, who died in 1986, a unique and intimate portrait of the legendary Russian filmmaker.Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, and certainly the most important post-War Russian filmmaker, Andrei Tarkovsky has achieved a mythic status with such visionary masterpieces as Andrei Rublev, Solaris and Stalker. His stylistic idiosyncrasies: minimal plots, fragmented narrative, and long takes have become staples of the modern art film. His confrontations with the Soviet government, the censorship of his films, and his eventual exile only contributed to his mystique.Chris Marker attempts to locate Andrei Tarkovsky in his films. Through close readings of his films -- including rare scenes from Tarkovsky's student film (an adaptation of Hemingway's The Killers), and a practically unknown production of Boris Goudonov -- parallels drawn by Marker between Tarkovksy's life and films offer an original insight into the reclusive director. Excerpts from Tarkovsky's writings, filled with personal anecdotes, from his prophetic meeting with Boris Pasternak (author of Dr. Zhivago), to an encounter with the KGB on the streets of Paris (he thought they were coming to kill him) pepper the film.With behind-the-scenes footage of Tarkovsky obsessively commanding his entire crew (including famed Bergman cinematographer Sven Nykvist, during the filming of a complicated sequence from The Sacrifice), and candid moments of Tarkovsky with his friends and family, bedridden but still working on the editing of his final film, The Sacrifice, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARESENEVICH is a personal and loving portrait of the monumental filmmaker. -- © 2001 First Run/Icarus Films
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Documentary , Drama , Special Interest , Television
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Cast

Marina Vlady
as Narrator (French)
Eva Mattes
as Narrator (German)
Alexandra Stewart
as Narrator (English)

Critic Reviews for Cinema, de notre temps: Une journee d'Andrei Arsenevitch

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

It's the best single piece of Tarkovsky criticism I know of, clarifying the overall coherence of his oeuvre while leaving all the principal mysteries in the films intact.

Full Review… | January 9, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Excellent documentary.

January 8, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

For anyone who is even remotely interested in the great filmmakers of the past century, it's a humble portrait of greatness that's great in itself.

Full Review… | January 8, 2002
Salon.com
Top Critic

A brilliant appreciation of the last great Soviet director, Andrei Tarkovsky.

January 8, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

A great film on one of the world's great filmmakers.

Full Review… | September 5, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I really enjoyed this portrait of a great artist as told in a personal way.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

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