So a cinema in the city is now screening all of his films. Already seen "The Steamroller and the Violin", "The Sacrifice" and "Ivan's Childhood", they were all pretty damn great and I will probably have seen the rest of them by mid-August. "Andrei Rublev" is next. So, is "Tempo di viaggio" essential viewing as well or should I stick with the feature films for now?
so you've seen his three most modest films so far...
the remaining five movies are probably the five greatest things committed to celluloid by anyone... (imo, of course)
"tempo di viaggio" isn't a must see at all... it's somewhat of a half-baked documentary made while Tarkovsky was trying to find his bearings in Italy and searching for locations and ideas for his then upcoming movie (which would become "nostalghia")... it's certainly interesting, though, if you already feel that Tarkovsky interests you not just as a filmmaker but as a philosopher as well... but if it'd take up unneccessary time or energy, you don't have to go - we can discuss anything and everything here, and we have enough Tarkovsky admirers here at this point to make that easy, i think... (-:
btw, i'm in russia this summer, and if i have an extra day to spend in moscow, i'll try to make the pilgrimage to his museum.
also, i'm introducing russians to tarkovsky, i.e., everyone who i feel would potentially "get" it... most people our age here haven't even heard of him... : ! :