Movies in 5 minutes have put together a video-essay paying homage to the work of Soviet and Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. Tarkovsky made films from the late ’50s up until the time of his death in 1986. He is known for his metaphysical, poetic filmmaking, with slow pacing and long takes.
In his book Sculpting in Time, he explains his idea that… “cinema’s capacity for capturing time was its most important feature.”
The featured video is full of footage from Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, Mirror, Stalker, Nostalgia, and The Sacrifice.
The films’ images are accompanied by the audio of an interview between Donatella Baglivo and Tarkovsky from the 1983 documentary Andrei Tarkovsky: A Poet in the Cinema. Tarkovsky is asked: “What is art?” And we watch a homage of scenes from his greatest films as he replies.
The question, and Andrei’s reply, is below:
“Andrei, what is art?”
“Before defining art — or any concept, we must answer a far broader question: What’s the meaning of man’s life on earth? Maybe we are here to enhance ourselves spiritually. If our lives tend to this spiritual enrichment, then art is a means to get there.
“This, of course, in accordance to my definition of life. Art should help man in this process. Some say that art helps man to know the world, like any other intellectual activity. I don’t believe in this possibility of knowing I am almost an agnostic.
“Knowledge distracts us from our main purpose in life. The more we know, the less we know: getting deeper, our horizon becomes narrower.”
It’s a neat little reminder of his thinking and the films he made.