i actually would like to see that thread deleted, its shelf life is just about over anyway... we can discuss anything and everything here... have any seen anything since ivan's childhood, georgi? i thought it was an excellent idea to watch tarkovsky movies with your dad.
Andrei Tarkovsky wrote:
Q: Is "the logic of the subject" the same as the plot of the film?
A: In my films, the story itself is never particularly important. The real significance in my works have never been expressed through the plot of the films. I attempt to speak about what is significant, but without unnecessary distractions. By showing certain things that are not necessarily joined at the purely logical level. It is the stirring of thoughts within that conjoins them for us, in the inner man.
"Q: Would you say, then, that what is important to you is the emotions that you communicate in your films, and not the stories being told themselves?
A: I am often asked what this or that means in my films. It's terrible! An artist does not have to answer for his purposes. I do not harbor any particularly deep or profound thoughts about my own work. I simply have no idea what my symbols represent. The only thing I am after is for them to give birth to certain emotions. Whatever feelings emerge based on your response from within.
One always tries to discover concealed meaning in my work. But wouldn't it be strange to make a film and at the same time try to hide one's thoughts? My images mean nothing beyond what they are.... We don't know ourselves very well; sometimes we just give expression to forces that cannot be measured in conventional ways."
from http://www.ucalgary.ca/~tstronds/nostal ... hmann.html
Stan Brakhage, on seeing Nostalghia for the first time...
"When I stumbled out [of the movie theater], it was like a religious conversion, but unlike a religious convert, I was absolutely free. I didn't have to believe in something or sign anything and I don't know what the religion is except humanitarianism in the deepest sense."