Friday, October 25, 2019

THE SCHOOL OF TARKOVSKY: CARLOS REYGADAS PART ONE

Just by accident one of the first films I saw was a film by Tarkovsky called Nostalghia and then I saw the rest. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I couldn’t believe cinema could be like that - Carlos Reygadas (Burnaway)
Solaris /
Japon

Cinema is the art of reality, the medium in which reality’s beauty is captured, where you can film marble or a face, or record someone’s voice, a sunset, the innate beauty of what you’re contemplating. Tarkovsky achieved this - Carlos Reygadas (Bomb Magazine)


With Tarkovsky, I was seeing something made from reality itself, reality was transformed into a form of beauty, conveying so much feeling. - Carlos Reygadas (Burnaway)


We can go on and on with quotes and citations of Carlos Reygadas name-dropping Andrei Tarkovsky as a major influence on his career over the last two decades, OR, you can use your eyes and check out the examples below.

It's no mystery that Carlos Reygadas has pulled from directors like Carl Theodor Dreyer, Luis Bunuel, Arturo Ripstein and more. But at the end of the day, Tarkovsky is his number one influence. Below are some of my favorite examples of the visual & thematic similarities between Andrei Tarkovsky & Carlos Reygadas.

Enjoy...


When I was about 15, my father gave me a Tarkovsky film on VHS and I was amazed at the simplicity, the power that comes out of a single event. I’m not very much into narrative-driven films and I never remember dialogue; what sticks in my mind are the sound, the image and the camera movement. With Tarkovsky it’s as if direct emotion comes out of each image and sound. It drives me crazy - Carlos Reygadas (Sight & Sound)


Ivan's Childhood / Post Tenebras Lux


The title [Our Time] refers to the unfolding of events in time, which is, as Tarkovsky suggested, the third dimension of cinema - Carlos Reygadas (Film Comment)
Solaris /
Our Time

Andrei Rublev /
Our Time

Solaris / Battle In Heaven

Solaris / Japon

Andrei Rublev / This Is My Kingdom

The Mirror / Silent Light

Solaris / Battle In Heaven

Ivan's Childhood / Post Tenebras Lux

Solaris / Silent Light

The Mirror /
Post Tenebras Lux

The Mirror / Post Tenebras Lux

Ivan's Childhood /
Post Tenebras Lux

Solaris /
Japon

Stalker / Post Tenebras Lux

Ivan's Childhood / Post Tenebras

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