August 2021, arsenal cinema

Retrospective Andrei Tarkovsky

IWANOWO DETSTWO, 1962

The summer Tarkovsky retrospective is a tradition that has grown dear both to us and our audiences for 40 years now. We are showing the seven feature films by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986), whose monumental oeuvre exudes a lasting fascination.

IWANOWO DETSTWO (Ivan's Childhood, USSR 1962, 15. & 22.7.) traces "the story of a character who is born as a result of war and ends up being consumed by it" (A.T.). During the Second World War, twelve-year-old orphan Ivan comes across the Red Army in the Dnieper region and cannot be dissuaded from working behind enemy lines as a spy and courier for the Soviet troops. Tarkovsky skillfully weaves together the plot of the film with Ivan's dreams, memories, and fantasies.

The artist and the power of the state clash in uncompromising manner in ANDREI RUBLEV (USSR 1966–69, 16. & 24.7.). This monumental Cinemascope film is split into eight chapters and depicts legendary icon painter Rublev (around 1360–1430) as an enlightened humanist artist on the cusp of the modern era. The inhuman war and power politics of his employer plunge him into a profound creative crisis, whilst at the same time providing the impetus for an exploration of the complex situation of the artist within society.

SOLARIS (USSR 1972, 17.7. & 5.8.) is based on the novel of the same name by Stanislav Lem. The story focuses on the journey undertaken by a psychologist named Kelvin, who is sent to the sea-covered planet of Solaris to investigate strange occurrences on the research station there. Kelvin gradually comes to realize that the mysterious ocean on Solaris is capable of making the dreams, fears, and regrets of the men on the space station take material form.

In the heavily autobiographically influenced SERKALO (Mirror, USSR 1975, 25.7. & 8.8.), the protagonist reveals his life, memories, fears and obsessions, the son of divorced parents in search of lost time and his own identity. His private fate is linked to the traumas and upheavals in Soviet society between 1930 and the 1970s.

STALKER (USSR 1980, 20. & 23.7.) Led by a local scout who lives in a rundown industrial landscape on the edge of the world, a scientist and a writer set out into the mysterious "zone", which is allegedly home to a place where one's most secret wishes come true. The expedition becomes a journey into the protagonists themselves, into a whole world of imagination and silence.

NOSTALGHIA (Italy/USSR 1983, 18. & 27.7.) "I wanted to depict the Russian form of nostalgia, that mental state entirely specific to our nation which grips us when we are far away from home." A Russian writer also finds himself far from home after going to Italy to gather material on an Italian composer whose biography he wants to write. He is, however, overcome by an overpowering yearning for his geographical and spiritual home.

OFFRET (The Sacrifice, Sweden, France 1986, 3. & 15.8.) A solitary, isolated island forms the setting for OFFRET: 50-year-old Alexander's birthday celebrations are in full swing when news of an atomic strike stops the party guests in their tracks. Tarkovsky's vision employs striking images and dialogue to connect a poetic film language with a philosophical religious discourse.

 

 

arsenal cinema: “The gatekeepers exist to be overthrown.” 
Amos Vogel – Repeats and Responses

06:30 pm Cinema 1


Du sang, de la volupté et de la mort

Du sang, de la volupté et de la mort
Of Blood, of Pleasure and of Death A trilogy Gregory Markopoulos USA 1947–48
Part I: Psyche 16 mm without dialogue 25 min
Part II: Lysis 16 mm without dialogue 30 min
Part III: Charmides 16 mm without dialogue 15 min
Prints made available by Temenos Archive (Zürich/New York)

Robert Beavers in person
arsenal cinema: “The gatekeepers exist to be overthrown.” 
Amos Vogel – Repeats and Responses

09:00 pm Cinema 1


The Dead Ones

Swain (previously known as Rain Black, My Love)

Christmas

Flowers of Asphalt

Eldora

The Dead Ones Gregory Markopoulos USA 1949
Unfinished 35 mm silent 28 min
Swain (previously known as Rain Black, My Love)
Gregory Markopoulos USA 1950
16 mm without dialogue 24 min
Christmas U.S.A. Gregory Markopoulos USA 1949
16 mm without dialogue 8 min
Flowers of Asphalt Gregory Markopoulos USA 1951
16 mm silent 7 min
Eldora Gregory Markopoulos USA 1953
16 mm (Original: 8 mm) silent 11 min
Prints: Temenos Archive (Zürich/New York)

Robert Beavers in person