Monday, 6 October 2008


I think I love Tarkovsky because he is a self-professed Apollonarian*, perhaps more through desire than design; and I have just too much of the Dionysiac in my nature. We yearn after the opposite for the sake of balance.

If you don't know the seven films he made, then watch them. Here is my order of merit:

Andrei Rublov
Ivan's Childhood

* "As for the words, the phrases, with which we communicate - and this applies to art - they ought to be divested of all trace of passion. It is in the nostalgia that we feel for the Olympian principle, for its coldness, its classical sobriety, that resides the magic, the secret, of the great metaphysical masterpieces."

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