Russian: Андре́й Арсе́ньевич Тарко́вский, IPA: [ɐnˈdrʲej ɐrˈsʲenʲjɪvʲɪt͡ɕ tɐrˈkofskʲɪj]; 4 April 1932 – 29 December 1986) was a Soviet and Russian film-maker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director.
Tarkovsky's films include Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, and Stalker. He directed the first five of his seven feature films in the Soviet Union; his last two films, Nostalghia, and The Sacrifice, were produced in Italy and Sweden, respectively. His work is characterized by spirituality and metaphysical themes, long takes, lack of conventional dramatic structure, and distinctively authored use of cinematography.
Shot between 1962 and 1986, Tarkovsky’s seven feature films often grapple with metaphysical and spiritual themes, using a distinctive cinematic style. Long takes, slow pacing and metaphorical imagery – they all figure into the archetypical Tarkovsky film. (Watch the scene from Stalker above.)
You can now watch Tarkovsky’s films online – for free. Each film is listed in our collection of Free Online Movies, but here you can access each major film in the order in which they were made. Most all of the films below were placed online by Mosfilm, the largest and oldest studion in Russia.
NOTE: if you access the films via YouTube, be sure to click “CC” at the bottom of the videos to access the subtitles.
- Ivan’s Childhood – Web – Buy DVD (1962)
- Andrei Rublev- Part 1 – Part 2 – Buy DVD (1966)
- Solaris - Part 1 - Part 2 - Buy DVD (1972)
- The Mirror - Web – Buy DVD (1975)
- Stalker - Part 1 – Part 2 - Buy DVD (1979)
By GEOFF DYER
Reviewed by J. HOBERMAN
Geoff Dyer examines "Stalker," Andrei Tarkovsky's Soviet-era cinematic masterpiece.
- Nostalghia - Part 1 - Part 2 – Part 3 - Buy DVD (1983)
- Three Student Films by Tarkovsky – Web
- The Killers, 1956
- There Will Be No Leave Today, 1958
- The Steamroller and the Violin, 1960
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