Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Even though I got some great feedback on my original "School Of Tarkovsky" blog entry, it looks like i missed a few really great comparisons. So I decided to make a sequel! Some of these are great (the silent light/nostalghia comparison), while some may seem like a stretch to you (taxi driver/the mirror). 

Anyway, here's part 2...

Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky)
The New World (Terrence Malick)

Nostalghia (Tarkovsky)
Silent Light (Carols Reygadas)

Highway scene from Solaris (Tarkovsky)
Carre Blanc (Jean-Baptiste Leonetti)

The Mirror (Tarkovsky)
The Tree Of Life (Malick)

The Mirror
The Tree Of Life

The Mirror
Taxi Driver (Scorsese)

Sacrifice (Tarkovsky)
True Stories (David Byrne)

Stalker (Tarkovsky)

The Intruder (Claire Denis)
If you've seen 'The Intruder' then I'm sure you're aware that its very Tarkovsky-esque (the landscapes, the surreal plot, the music, etc) with many similar shots from Stalker.

Some of Tarkovsky's influence still cant be conveyed through comparing images side by side. Some films just have that unique "feel" or atmosphere that screams out "Tarkovsky". Look at this first video, which is a sequence from Tarkovsky's 'Stalker' (1979), then look at the clips below it from Von Trier's 'Element Of Crime' (1984) & Alexander Sokurov's 'The Lonely Voice Of Man' (1987) and tell me the film making styles aren't similar. No real identical shots, but its clear these directors have studied Andrie Tarkovsky's work. 

Next, look at this sequence from Tarkovsky's 'Nostaghia' (1982), and then look at the video clip from Von Trier's 'Image Relief' (1983) below.


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