After watching Solaris, last Thursday friend and I were back at the Astor Theatre for more of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s meditative, arty, defiantly slow sci-fi. I love the story I read where, upon hearing from the officials at the State Committee for Cinematography that the film was too slow and dull, Tarkovsky’s reply was that the film “needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewers who walked into the wrong theatre have time to leave before the main action starts”. 458 more words
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Koktebel; We go back to 2003 and a Variety review of a strangely resonant road movie (of sorts) from Russia.
Gracefully composed and moving yet never maudlin, “Koktebel” reps a most auspicious feature debut for its two young co-directors, Boris Khlebnikov and Alexei Popogrebsky, whose only previous films are their co-directed shorts. 693 more words
Daria Gamliel for Cinetalk.net
Dzhanik Fayziev (with Ivan Shurkhovetskiy) have crafted a highly stylized fantasy historical-drama in Furious. With the help of cinematographer Maksim Osadchy’s complimentary color schemes, they have created an ornate 13th Century Russia that looks majestic and fairytale-like. 442 more words
As if to prove that Glasgow’s programme offered real diversity, the last film I saw was also the most difficult to read (but also at times quite beautiful in its construction). 883 more words