Andrei Tarkovsky Shot by Shot: Breakdown of a Master’s Style
Andrei Tarkovsky is one of those singular filmmaker who used cinematic tools to create his own universe. Freed and as far as can be from the Storytelling made in Hollywood, the Russian filmmaker used symbols, rhythm and movements to share lasting stories.
“One of Tarkovsky’s principles is creating visual motifs. He does this by emphasizing on certain elements which appear to be non-related to the story. Then he lets the scenes evolve and leaves the viewer reflecting upon the symbolic and metaphysical meaning of what has been previously interspersed.
Tarkovsky’s visual style is mostly expressed through long one shots. They are built upon slow rhythm and an almost meditative staging and blocking.
Tarkovsky uses filmic time in a literal and conceptual manner. He is not concerned about fast cuts and hyper action. This mentality is evident in the external & interval rhythm of his shots.”
Whether you are familiar with the filmmaker or not, Shot by Shot offers yet another window into the man’s work. Watch the full video essay below and look afterwards for more on Andrei Tarkovsky:
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