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The Cinema of Tarkovsky: Labyrinths of Space and Time (KINO: The Russian Cinema Series) [Paperback]

Nariman Skakov

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18 Dec 2011 KINO: The Russian Cinema Series
In this book Nariman Skakov explores the phenomenon of spatio-temporal lapse in Tarkovsky's cinema - from Ivan's Childhood (1962) to Sacrifice (1986). He argues that dreams, visions, mirages, memories, revelations, reveries and delusions are phenomena which present alternative spatio-temporal patterns; they disrupt the linear progression of events and create narrative discontinuity. Each chapter is dedicated to the discussion of one of Tarkovsky's seven feature films and, in each, one of these phenomena functions as a refrain. Skakov discusses the influence of the flow of and lapses in space and time on the viewer's perception of the Tarkovskian cinematic universe. He opens and closes his original and fascinating book on Tarkovsky's cinema by focusing on the phenomenon of time that was discussed extensively by the filmmaker in his main theoretical treatise Sculpting in Time, as well as in a number of interviews and public lectures.

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'An illuminating long take of the creative work of one of the most enigmatic and thought-provoking filmmakers of the twentieth century. The book sets high standards not only for thinking about Tarkovsky, but for writing about cinema as such. By combining a reflection on the cinematic and the philosophical, this book transforms the boundaries of both.' --Dragan Kujundzic, Professor of Film and Media Studies and Slavic Studies, University of Florida

'Before this book, Tarkovsky's preoccupation with 'sculpting in time' had become a critical cliché. Here Skakov brings it alive again, offering a fresh, theoretically-informed and entirely original approach. He reveals Tarkovsky's work as creating 'textural' temporality, offers fresh readings of the key films, and a compelling theoretical framework.' --Emma Widdis, Head of Department of Slavonic Studies, Cambridge University

'Before this book, Tarkovsky's preoccupation with 'sculpting in time' had become a critical cliché. Here Skakov brings it alive again, offering a fresh, theoretically-informed and entirely original approach. He reveals Tarkovsky's work as creating 'textural' temporality, offers fresh readings of the key films, and a compelling theoretical framework.' --Emma Widdis, Head of Department of Slavonic Studies, Cambridge University

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Nariman Skakov is Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory Read for Time & Space in Art Theory 22 Aug 2012
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Just finished a new book written by Nariman Skakov in 2012 on Tarkovsky that I really liked "The Cinema of Tarkovsky: Labyrinths of Space and Time". It reviews each of Karkovsky's major movies (Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, mirror, stalker, nostalghia, sacrifice) ... and goes through how time is experienced in each movie. Intro is also a great introduction for those not familiar with the film theory of long cuts vs short cuts that was developed in Russia. From a film editor's viewpoint, there's a lot of very interesting food for thought.

The book is also is a nice introduction to each movie for those that haven't seen them. You see the techniques used in today's movies a lot, but is interesting to see them in their more raw form. Most of Tarkovsky's movies are not available in blue-ray, and the dvd quality is normally marginal - so I've noticed a lot of people haven't watched them ... but these movies are a gold mine of ideas.

I would probably read this book while i watched the movies, then read Tarkovsky's books that have been translated, if i was not familiar with him. The highest quality movie out on blue ray is "Sacrifice", i love the long bicycle shot ... that might be a good movie to watch/read first (though The Mirror is my favorite ... but the DVD quality of that is marginal).
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