Friday, February 1, 2019

THE SCHOOL OF TARKOVSKY: NURI BILGE CEYLAN PART 2


The Wild Pear Tree is very Nuri Bilge Ceylan. It's the story of a (want to be/soon to be) writer told in the same slow-ish methodical style as Winter Sleep, Once Upon A Time In Anatolia and other older Ceylan films. It's a fascinating film and there are plenty of traditional reviews on it to pick from (this has been doing the festival circuit since last year).
What I'd like to delve in to is the obvious influence that Andrei Tarkovsky had on the film...

Solaris / The Wild Pear Tree


It's already been reported numerous times how Ceylan wasn't always a Tarkovsky fan (he discovered Tarkovsky's work in film school and wasn't sold right away). But today there's no doubt that Ceylan is not only a fan of Tarkovsky' but he references him in his work quite a bit (see part one on the connection between Tarkovsky & Ceylan).
Stalker (left) appears in Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Uzak (right)

I know it's a little basic (and sometimes lazy) to compare slow foreign art films to The Mirror or Solaris, but in Ceylan's case I think it's ok...
Solaris / Uzak

Solaris / Winter Sleep

Clouds Of May / Andrei Rublev / The Sacrifice

Andrei Rublev / Winter Sleep


While The Wild Pear Tree doesn't have much in common with Tarkovsky's films in terms of basic plot, a lot of the imagery and overall ambiance is straight out of the school of Tarkovsky...
Solaris /
The Wild Pear Tree

Solaris /
The Wild Pear Tree

Andrei Rublev / The Wild Pear Tree

Ivan's Childhood / The Wild Pear Tree

Andrei Rublev / The Wild Pear Tree

Solaris / The Wild Pear Tree

The Wild Pear Tree /
Andrei Rublev

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