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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing on first look, 28 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Tarkovsky: Films, Stills, Polaroids & Writings (Hardcover)
I'm reviewing this only 15-minutes after opening this book for the first time, a little knee-jerk perhaps, so make of this what you will. Firstly, and most significantly to my mind approximately 70% of the book is 'Stills' from his films; not a bad idea at all you might think for a filmmaker primarily known for his exquisite imagery, but they look like they've just been screen-captured from an ok-quality dvd, and not so judiciously selected. Secondly, the polaroids as beautiful as they are, are a very small selection from those that can be found in either the wonderful 'Instant Light, Tarkovsky Polaroids', which I would advise buying before this volume, or the lovely exhibition catalogue 'Bright, Bright Day: Andrey Tarkovsky', which although very pricey now again seems a superior book for fans. Which leaves you with the text, which I have not yet read, but at less-than 25 pages-worth again seems insufficient for a book of this size and price, especially given most of it is available elsewhere, such as 'Sculpting in Time', which anyone wiling to spend £50 on a book on Tarkovsky will probably already have read. Ultimately I'm glad to have any book on one of my favourite filmmakers, but at first glance this seems less a labour of love and more a like a quick release from publishers who probably liked the idea of releasing a large image-heavy Tarkovsky book but could do significantly better. You've been warned.
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Initial post: 18 Jan 2013 21:02:33 GMT
I completely agree with everything above. The still image quality is absolutely terrible, and seems they've been selected from the available screencaps on Google Images; rather than taking the time out to get high res images from the BD releases of his films. The only main strength with this book is that there are a significantly more amount of personal photographs from Tarkovsky's life, that wasn't printed in Bright, Bright Day.
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