One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich

Une journée d'Andrei Arsenevich

dir. Chris Marker

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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Chris Marker's masterful documentary combines film clips, journal entries, and personal speculation to illuminate the life and work of Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky.

"A masterpiece. Marker's One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich [is] 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, Chicago Reader). In one of his most personal works, Marker combines film clips, journal entries, and personal speculation to illuminate the life and work of Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky. (One notes the irony that Marker sometimes deploys Soviet-style montage, a technique Tarkovsky decried as a profanation of cinema.) 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. "A brilliant appreciation of the last great Soviet director. . . . No less than Jean-Luc Godard or Martin Scorsese, Marker is an original and perceptive exegete of other filmmakers. . . . The most sustained and heartfelt tribute one filmmaker has paid another" (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice).

Thanks to Icarus Films.