The significant contributions made by well-known Soviet and Russian film-maker Sergei Tarkovskiy to the world of cinematography were remembered and rich tributes paid to him by speakers at a function to mark his 80th birthday anniversary at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on January 27, 2012.
The function comprised a discussion on the creative work of Andrei Tarkovskiy and the screening of his first feature film “Ivan’s Childhood” (1962), which was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Andrei Tarkovskiy (April 4, 1932—December 29, 1986), a Soviet/ Russian film-maker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director, is widely regarded as one of the finest film-makes of the XX century. Apart from Ivan’s Childhood, his films include Andrei Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker, Nostalgia and The Sacrifice. In his interesting observation, Mr. Saibal Chatterjee, a film and medic critic and a winner of National Award for the Best Writing on Cinema in 2003, underlined the technique uniquely adopted by Tarkovskiy in his films. He noted that Ivan’s Childhood had become a war film of great distinction, and turned out to be a film of the century. He used his camera genuinely so as to make his films as “poetry on celluloid”, he said, adding that Tarkovskiy kept purity all along in film-making.
In her brilliant portrayal of Tarkovskiy’s impressive style of film-making, Dr. Rashmi Doraiswamy, Hon. Deputy Director of the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, a recipient of the National Award for the Best Film Critic in 1995, pointed out that he belonged to a tradition of those who use consciousness, realism, spiritualism and mysticism. All his seven films will remain in the memory of people across the world for many years to come. She made a special mention of the dream sequences in “Ivan’s Childhood” structured discreetly, the panoramic views on flight scenes, use of sound wisely punctuated with symbolism, etc. Tarkovskiy conveyed his favourite message through his movies, she added. Throwing light on the universally recognised salient features of films made by Tarkovskiy, Mr. Alexander Antipin, Senior Correspondent of the ITAR-TASS News Agency in New Delhi, quoted Ingmar Bergman as saying that “Tarkovskiy for me is the greatest of us all, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream”. Making an analytical note on the in-depth phenomenon of Tarkovskiy’s film-making, Mr. S.S. Sharma, a film director and producer, Consultant of the Nabard Consultancy Services (Social, Rural Economic Development), and a Member of Citizens’ Film Forum, made a reference to the enormous awareness largely present in the globally-acclaimed Soviet/Russian film-maker. He said that Tarkovskiy inherited art and poetry from his parents, and his films are marked by memorable images of childhood.