(DIR) Film Essay_Tarkovsky

April 30, 2016

 

Single paper between an art and a cliché

 

What’s the difference between, motion picture artwork and other forms of art works? The four dimensional approach is possible in only motion pictures. Motion picture, film, and A.K.A cinema could not only capture a period of time, but it could be manipulated to show a period of time through the director’s vision. Andrei Tarkovsky, the director of Nostalgia, Stalker, Scarface …etc, shows his dream and poem through a film format. His works aren’t well known as Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and all other current alive directors, but his works certainly draws the line on the film history. After watching, “Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky”, I questioned myself that why I chose motion pictures? This is a response paper of a question that I got from Andrei Tarkovsky’s quotes during the films.

 

There are many kinds of artistic formats, such as sculpture, architecture, painting, photograph, and all kind of designs, but I chose motion picture. It’s because, I don’t have to explain to audience, after I’ve shown my works to audience. Your works aren’t such a simpler way to be judged, when it comes to critique in cinema. It’s simple that your works will be judged whether it’s good, or bad. I love the fact that people can easily judge your works. However, Andrei’s works were different to me. You can’t simply judge it. The film wasn’t created for an entertaining purpose. No car crush, no gun fighting, no super dramatic editing technique and not much OTS, CU shots – I mean, you can find some excitement shots such as nostalgia’s last scene, and stalker’s crossing the line scene… etc, but there isn’t such a drama. Andrei’s works show me the great possibilities in future cinema.

 

Every single time I watch Tarkovsky’s stalker, I asked myself what’s the mise en scene? I really didn’t get that yet, may be it’s a beautiful shot that can support your story? Or in a name of art, just put everything you’ve got? Tarkovsky’s A.D said that Andrei’s participation on the set is enormous, even in a small details that usually a.d makes a decisions in “set design processing” It taught me… that I must construct my film a “moment” Tarkovsky’s film’s pace is slow, it’s very slow. I remembered that one of the Tarkovsky’s review in the NYU master class from one of the European director. He says, he fell a sleep, and woke up and it was the same scene. Yet, every single scene, you won’t forget the scenes, because all of his films have the moment. I don’t know how do you call  that “moment” In sum, you should create beautiful scene based on the mood, mise en scene and character’s emotional status – not the pretty scene like no meaning, no feeling, but exciting.


At the end, it was rather interesting to watch the documentary again. I’ve watched 3-4 times already as a fan. But, its always reminding me myself that what was the reason I changed my career into film industry. Although physical part of Tarkovsky might be gone, but his works remained to teach a student like myself forever, and perhaps I would like to tell this story to others over and over.

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