Andrei Tarkovsky’s Poetics of Cinema
Author: Thomas Redwood
Date Of Publication: Jul 2010
“If you look for a meaning, you’ll miss everything that happens.”
Almost twenty-five years after the death of Andrei Tarkovsky, the mystery of his films remains alive and well. Recent years have witnessed an ever-increasing number of film theorists, critics and philosophers taking up the challenge to decipher what these films actually mean.
But what do these films actually show us?
In this study Thomas Redwood undertakes a close formal analysis of Tarkovsky’s later films. Charting the stylistic and narrative innovations in Mirror, Stalker, Nostalghia and The Sacrifice, Redwood succeeds in shedding new light on these celebrated but often misunderstood masterpieces of narrative film. Tarkovsky is revealed here both as a cinematic thinker and as an artistic practitioner, a filmmaker of immense poetic significance for the history of cinema.
Thomas Redwood received his doctoral degree in Screen Studies from Flinders University of South Australia. He teaches in European Studies at the University of Adelaide. This is his first book.
“Thomas Redwood has produced an exceptional piece of film scholarship: erudite in its survey of existing work on the director, perceptive in its textual readings and written with a rare degree of stylistic elegance and clarity. The profound accomplishment of Redwood’s study is the precision and clarity he brings to issues concerning Tarkovsky’s place in film studies.”
—Associate Professor George Kouvaros, Director of Postgraduate Research, University of New South Wales, Australia
'In his sober analysis and clear style, Redwood offers valuable and practical suggestions for understanding Tarkovsky. His close readings show remarkable concentration and attention to detail.' John A. Riley, Birkbeck College, University of London.
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