Herb Shellenberger

Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia (1983)
August 14, 2013
International House Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, US

Part of Sergei Parajanov: Surrealist Poet of Soviet Cinema
New 35mm print!

“As my teacher I consider an absolutely young and amazing director, Tarkovsky, who even didn’t realize himself what a genius he was in Ivan’s Childhood.” —Sergei Parajanov

We salute the friendship and cinematic kinship between Sergei Parajanov and Andrei Tarkovsky by beginning our series with a new 35mm print of one of Tarkovsky’s lesser-seen classics.

"Exiled from the USSR, consummate film poet Tarkovsky (Solaris, Stalker) poured his stirrings of homesickness into this spectrally beautiful, metaphysical exploration of spiritual isolation and Russian identity. While researching the turbulent life of a 17th-century composer in the perpetually mist-shrouded Tuscan countryside, a soul-sick Russian poet (Yankvosky) forms an unusual kinship with an apocalypse-obsessed local madman (Josephson). Tarkovsky evokes the textures of dreams and memories through ravishing monochrome and sepia-toned reveries and flashbacks, while conjuring the hushed and haunted tone of a trance in this late-career masterwork." —BAM

Nostalghia, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983, Italy/USSR, 35mm, 125'