Tarkovsky’s Own Private Apocalypse

tarkovsky_600 In America, you watch movies at museums. In Soviet Russia, museums watch movies of you!

No, Yakov Smirnoff isn’t back on the road. This is even better.

Starting tonight, LACMA begins a weekend film series titled The Apocalyptic Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky. The series includes tonight’s screening of the Russian director’s science fiction masterpiece Solaris (1972); Ivan’s Childhood (1962) and Stalker (1979) on Saturday; The Mirror (1974) and Nostalghia (1984) on Friday, Jan. 29; Andrei Rubelev (1966) on Saturday, Jan. 30; and The Sacrifice (1986) on Friday, Feb. 5.

Also included as part of the fun beautiful-yet-devastating experience are the documentaries Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky (2008), an examination of various individuals touched by Tarkovsky’s legacy, screening on Saturday, Jan. 30; and One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich (2000), French filmmaker Chris Marker’s homage to his friend Tarkovsky, screening on Friday, Feb. 5.

And for those not prone to Vertigo and looking for a Soviet-era-inspired appetizer, click here.

Images: Stills from Andrei Rubelev (left) and Solaris (right), courtesy Kino International.

6 thoughts on “Tarkovsky’s Own Private Apocalypse”

  1. I heard about the documentary by Trakovsky about Tarkovsky, and curious to see Tarkovsky’s actual films.

  2. Thank you for mentioning my film! I am hosting four more screenings in LA…
    Monica 4-Plex, Santa Monica: Feb. 6, 7 at 11AM
    Playhouse 7, Pasadena: Feb. 13, 14 at 11AM
    If you’ve been watching Tarkovsky films at LACMA and would like to extend your experience, please come to these showings!

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