One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich

Une journée d'Andrei Arsenevich

Chris MarkerFrance55 minutes1999PGColourB&WFrench

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"A brilliant appreciation of the last great Soviet director.... The most sustained and heartfelt tribute one filmmaker has paid another" (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice). In one of his most personal works, the great cine-essayist Chris Marker combines film clips, journal entries, and personal speculation to illuminate the life and work of his friend Andrei Tarkovsky. Marker's collage of scenes and images from Tarkovsky's films is characteristically masterful and illuminating, but his footage of Tarkovsky at work (on the tortuous last sequence of The Sacrifice) and on his deathbed are most moving. (One notes the irony that Marker sometimes deploys Soviet-style montage, a technique Tarkovsky decried as a profanation of cinema.) "The best single piece of Tarkovsky criticism I know of, clarifying the overall coherence of his oeuvre while leaving all the mysteries of his films intact" (Jonathan Rosenbaum).