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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; New edition edition (1 Jun 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292776241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292776241
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If Sculpting in Time could be distilled to a single message, it would be this: Content and conscience must come before technique - for any artist in any art form." Los Angeles Times Book Review

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 26 Oct 2002
This extraordinary book is not just about filmmaking, it's about all art...about life, faith, inner exploration, and the Russian soul.
It contains exquisite poetry, mostly written by Tarkovsky's father, Arseny Tarkovsky, and detailed descriptions of the making of several of his films, as well as photos from them that show the eerie, mystical, and incredible beauty of his work.
Tarkovsky is master of making us see the wonder of all creation in the most mundane subjects. He brings us one step closer in our journey toward the light through his art.
From page 43: "The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good".
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 1999
SCULPTING IN TIME, gives the reader an intimate invitation into the mind of filmmaker, Andrei Tarkovsky. In this single, slim volume, Tarkovsky gives penetrating insight into his conceptualization of cinema as an art form. Although he does not refer to all of his films, one finds detailed information concerning his approach to cinematic form and why his films are so different and affecting. Tarkovksy, speculates on the role of the artist in today's world. He points the direction that others who may want to enter into the cinematic arts should go. Most importantly, one gets an engrossing look at the aspects of the cinema that define it as an artform outside of literature, painting, and the theatre. It is a profound book and one that you will find yourself re-reading again and again. It is to be cherished.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Agranat on 14 April 2007
Tarkovsky, like Bresson, was privileged a rare clarity of thought about his cinematic tools, as if they were as solid and tangible as a pair of pliers. He wrote them down in this short book, and it stands there proud and bigger than the pages which hold it. When it comes to observing and creating visual arts, I swear by this book. We are privileged to have this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Reeve on 9 Aug 2009
As a amateur experimental film maker I found this book to be inspirational and an insight into one of the cinemas greatest artists.

A must for anyone who appreciates cinema as more than just entertainment.
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