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December 31, 2001

Nostalghia.com has received word from Russia that Andrei's sister Marina is currently working hard on her new book about the Tarkovskys. The book will contain some new facts about their family roots as well as rich biographical details. Watch this website for future updates on this book project. Thanks to Eugene in Ivanovo for the heads-up.

 

December 18, 2001

Nostalghia.com has received permission from Sight and Sound to reproduce their article Tarkovsky's Choice. Tarkovsky's famous, and highly revealing, 1972 list of his top ten favourite movies is reproduced in this article.

 

December 15, 2001

The Red Vic Cinema in San Francisco is showing The Sacrifice on Sunday January 6 (at 2:00, 5:00, 8:00), as well as a Chris Marker double bill: La jete and One Day in the Life on Andrei Arsenevich on Monday and Tuesday January 7 and 8 (at 7:15 and 9:15).

 

December 15, 2001

The Graduate School of Design in Pforzheim (Hochschule fr Gestaltung Pforzheim), Germany, invites the general public to a lecture by Andreas Br to be held on December 17 at 1600 hours, in Room 1.19. The title of the talk is Imprinted Time ("Sculpting in Time") and a discussion follows immediately after. During the presentation, original paintings by Andreas Br will be shown which were created at the shooting locations of Andrei Tarkovsky's films.

A screening of Nostalghia is also scheduled in connection with the event.

 

December 13, 2001

Ingmar Bergman recently granted a rare interview to Reuters. This is also one of those rare (recorded) cases where he actually mentions Andrei Tarkovsky. See the article, Demons haunt cinema maestro.

Thanks to Nostalghia.com Senior Europe Correspondent Harm Snel for notifying us of this Reuters piece.

 

December 8, 2001

Great news from Florence: according to Corriere della Sera (6 December) Edizione della Meridiana have just published a full edition of Martyrolog (the diaries) in Italian, sponsored by the Institut International Andrei Tarkovski in Paris. A parallel Russian edition is being published in Russia, sponsored by the Tarkovsky Foundation there. No details on availability yet.

A Russian translation of the Corriere article and a commentary are available at Inopressa and Lenta. (We thank Gregory Meshman for showing us those articles!)

 

December 6, 2001

The Dutch Film Museum today commences their Tarkovsky Retrospective Festival. The festival runs from December 6 through to January 24, 2002. All major Tarkovsky works, including several documentaries, are shown in selected cities across Holland. Full information, including photos and some posters, may be found at The Dutch Film Museum website. You may access the programme directly here.

 

December 5, 2001

The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., will be screening Chris Marker's documentary One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich December 6 - 9, in the East Building auditorium.

 

November 22, 2001

It's official: RusCiCo announces the release of Stalker on DVD in December (no exact date yet).

 

November 15, 2001

Attention, our Chinese-speaking audience. What is probably the first article in Chinese to systematically introduce the work of Tarkovsky to Chinese readers is now available for download via Nostalghia.com. The article, Andrei Tarkovsky: Redemption and Poetic Narrative, was written by Qing Liu of the Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, and is posted here with his kind permission. The article is simultaneously being published in the Chinese scholarly journal "The Twenty-First Century" (The Chinese University of Hong Kong). Nostalghia.com is proud to have been involved in the production of this article to some small degree, and it is our hope that the posting of the article here will aid significantly in its dissemination.

 

November 12, 2001

Another delay from Artificial Eye (U.K.). Their Solaris DVD is now scheduled for January 21, 2002. Further, a price hike has taken place (for those who didn't preorder already), presumably an indication this may turn out to be a two-disk set. Thanks to Nick W. for constantly updating us on the latest from Artificial Eye.

 

November 4, 2001

It appears the Artificial Eye (UK) DVD release of Andrei Rublov has been pushed back to January 21, 2002.

 

November 3, 2001

Hessischer Rundfunk (HR, Germany) is screening Ivan's Childhood at 2245 hours local time tonight.

 

October 22, 2001

The Russian Cinema Council (RusCiCo) announces that their Ivan's Childhood DVD is slated for release in January 2002. They state that Mirror is set for release in January 2002 as well (they had previously quoted December 2001 as the release date for Mirror). All disks will be Region 0, both PAL and NTSC versions will be available.

 

October 19, 2001

An interview with Vadim Yusov, longtime Tarkovsky cameraman, has been added to our Topics' Section. Yusov is here uncharacteristically candid on why he declined to film Mirror. The interview is located here.

 

October 10, 2001

The Dutch Film Museum reports that they will be arranging a Tarkovsky Retrospective Festival in Amsterdam, Holland, December 6 to January 24, 2002. New prints have been obtained for the occasion. Some Tarkovsky related documentaries will be screened as well (e.g., De Weg Naar Bresson, see our Documentaries section).

 

October 10, 2001

A discussion developing here indicates that the upcoming Artificial Eye Tarkovsky releases may be direct ports of the corresponding RusCiCo releases.

 

October 6, 2001

Artificial Eye (U.K.) has announced that they will release Solaris (159 min version) on DVD on November 19, 2001. Further, their Andrei Rublov (174 min version) DVD is scheduled for release on November 26, 2001. Both disks are in PAL format.

 

October 1, 2001

The Russian Cinema Council (RusCiCo) announces that both their Stalker and Mirror DVDs are slated for release in December 2001. The disks will be Region 0, both PAL and NTSC versions will be made available.

 

September 21, 2001

A very interesting interview with Andrei Tarkovsky has been added to our Topics section. As we mentioned earlier (see one of the Aug. 1 notes below) it's a transcript of an audio recording made in Stockholm during the preparations for filming The Sacrifice. The interview was conducted by Jerzy Illg and Leonard Neuger who published it in 1987, in the first legal issue of the Polish quarterly "Res Publica" (which had been available illegally before, meaning without the Communist government approval. NB: in every country of the former Eastern Europe everything ever printed — including business cards and matchboxes — had to be approved by the government censor's office which, by the way, officially did not exist). Jerzy Illg is a journalist and editor-in-chief of the ZNAK Publishers in Cracow, Poland. Leonard Neuger is a professor at the Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literature, Stockholm University. We are greatly indebted to them for allowing us to translate and post this remarkable interview.

And an administrivia message to our news-starved visitors: the site is being updated constantly, remember to check the SITE UPDATES LOG link above for the latest at any time. These updates were conceived mainly as a means of communication between the webmasters, so excuse the lack of any literary value whatsoever.

 

September 8, 2001

Film director Terrance Grace has presented Nostalghia.com with a fascinating and highly relevant set of photographs that he took during his travels in Italy in the late 1980s. The photo gallery is located here.

 

September 2, 2001

We have finally added the bibliographic references to pre-1989 Tarkovsky's interviews as originally published in The Tolstoy Complex.

 

August 21, 2001

We received a very nice e-mail from PR at Turner Classic Movies explaining the absence of Tempo di viaggio at their Tarkovsky Television Festival. Yes, they are well aware of the documentary but it's the rights problem and TCM is unable to air it. Let's hope the legal status of the film clears up soon and in the meantime let's enjoy the Festival and all of its rarities.

And on this web site there is a new page of fragments of Tarkovsky's early interviews regarding Andrei Rublov.

 

August 18, 2001

More information from the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Channel regarding their upcoming Tarkovsky Television Festival (see the Festival schedule under August 1 entry below) has been posted recently on Michael Schwalm's Tarkovsky bulletin board. We refer you to that article for details and only mention a few highlights:

  • One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich in what appears to be its US television première,
  • A new print of The Steamroller and the Violin featuring new English subtitles,
  • The long (205 min.) version of Andrei Rublov.
There is only one glaring omission: Tempo di viaggio, a 63-minute documentary directed by Tarkovsky, is not part of this Festival. Dear TCM, what happened??

 

August 17, 2001

A very interesting discussion is developing on the CriterionDVD bulletin board on the topic of differences between the Criterion and the RusCiCo Rublov DVDs. Follow the progress of the debate here.

NOTE: The CriterionDVD bulletin board has apparently been shut down. You may browse our locally archived version of this thread. This is a PDF file, you will need the (free) Acrobat Reader. Read the discussion here.

 

August 15, 2001

The eagerly awaited Andrei Rublov DVD from RusCiCo has finally arrived at Nostalghia.com and we are happy to report this release was well worth the wait. Not only is the (anamorphic) transfer quality very good but the 2-disc set includes several interesting documentary supplements: interview with Tarkovsky's sister Marina, a 5-minute short made on the set, a documentary about Theophanes the Greek, and a few film etudes. We don't know if the documentary from the set is Panfilov's student film we mentioned on this page on July 11.

This DVD set is the "official" 185-minute version which Tarkovsky approved of although events leading to his approval remain somewhat obscure. The original 205-minute cut is available on a Criterion DVD and the two versions make a fascinating comparison: not only scenes were cut or shortened, also alternate takes were used.

Finally, the previews of the upcoming RusCiCo releases of Mirror and Stalker included on the discs are themselves a revelation. First of all their quality is astounding. One had no idea what was captured on the original Eastmancolor camera negative: images of extraordinary sharpness and gorgeous color. The Zone from Stalker is simply beautiful to look at and actors' faces have an astonishing luminosity and... immediacy. Another surprise is that these previews are made mostly of outtakes — what a treat!

 

August 1, 2001

We have just learned that the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Channel will be broadcasting Chris Marker's Documentary "Une Journee d'Andrei Arsenevitch" in September during their Tarkovsky Retrospecive. Michal Leszczylowski's documentary "Regi Andrej Tarkovskij" will also be aired.

A Nostalghia.com visitor just submitted the following TCM schedule:

	One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich ..Sep 07  10:00pm 
	The Steamroller and the Violin ............Sep 07  11:00pm 
	My Name is Ivan (Ivan's Childhood) ........Sep 07  12:00am 
	Andrei Roublev ............................Sep 07  02:00am 
	Solaris ...................................Sep 14  10:00pm 
	Mirror ....................................Sep 14  01:00am 
	Stalker ...................................Sep 21  10:00pm 
	Nostalghia ................................Sep 21  01:00am 
	Sacrifice .................................Sep 28  10:00pm 
	Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky ..............Sep 28  12:30am 
	Sacrifice .................................Nov 30  02:00am
	

 

August 1, 2001

Nostalghia.com is pleased to present, for the first time ever in English, the unabridged Tarkovsky interview by distinguished journalists Jerzy Illg and Leonard Neuger. In this exceptionally candid interview, Andrei covers some of the same issues he writes about in Sculpting in Time, but he here appears to be speaking more openly about some of them.

Illg and Neuger are currently proof-reading the final version of the interview. It will be posted in its entirety once we get their go-ahead. For now, only a few preview-snippets are posted.

The interview is located in the Topics' Section.

 

August 1, 2001

Disappointing news from Criterion. In recent correspondence to Nostalghia.com they write:

	Date:    Tue Jul 31, 12:16pm -0400
	From:    <[name withheld]@criterionco.com>
	To  :    trondsen@nostalghia.com

	[It now turns out that we] don't have DVD rights to Stalker, just television and 
	videotape [rights]. We had good reason to believe we did have them, but now that is not
	true. It's a long story and probably best left at that. Solaris and Ivan's Childhood
	we do have, though, and I will start working on those soon.
	

 

August 1, 2001

Nostalghia.com is officially launched on Wednesday August 1, 2001 at 00:00:00 MDT. Hit-counter is set to "000000".

 

July 23, 2001

In view of the recent news that the Criterion Collection is planning to release Stalker, tentatively in late-2002, it is interesting to speculate what might be the extras included on this disk. Nostalghia.com webmasters consider the following items highly desirable

  • The documentary that was shot on the set of Stalker. The documentary was to be funded by a German distributor (as mentioned in Tarkovsky's diary) but Goskino did, for some unknown reason, not allow it. The documentary was shot anyway, and Tarkovsky was contemplating selling it later to the Italians.
  • The first version of the film (the one that got damaged in the lab). Portions of it (if not the whole thing - although unedited, obviously) were apparently saved and are quite watchable - the damage supposedly consists mostly of a strong green tint. This alone would be a fascinating supplement, for a 2-disk Criterion set.
  • Excerpts from Tarkovsky's "Working Diary" (as opposed to the "regular" diary) where he made detailed technical notes regarding filming of all his films beginning with The Mirror.
  • Evgenii Tsymbal's 53 minute 1998 documentary Stalker's Dreams.

 

July 11, 2001

Andrei Rublov has been released on Region 0 DVD by the Russian Cinema Council (RusCiCo), sure to spark another round of debate regarding the distribution rights of Andrei Tarkovsky titles in North-America. We note (from RusCiCo's website) that the new release by RusCiCo is the 185 minute version of the movie. Criterion has the distribution rights for the title in English-speaking North-America. However, Criterion's disk contains the 205 minute cut, which is, presumably, the original 5642 m version from 1966. The movie was immediately after the 1966 premiere cut down to 5250 m and then finally to 5076 m (185 min). This 5076 meter version, now released by RusCiCo, is reputedly the one favored by Andrei. The long 205 min, 5642 m cut was not seen again until it was screened in 1988 during the retrospective in Moscow. The print was saved by the editor, Lyudmila Feiginova, who, according to nostalghia.com sources, kept it for about 15 years in her home, hidden under her bed. Criterion obtained a print through Martin Scorsese who was able to obtain it, and the rights, from his contacts in Moscow (Criterion, oddly enough, refers to this cut as the Director's Cut). In theory, therefore, since the two versions are very different, both versions invaluable to the Tarkovsky scholar, and since Criterion apparently has no plans of making this important alternate cut available as part of the Criterion Collection, RusCiCo would presumably have no problems distributing this title in North-America through their normal distributor, Image Entertainment. This remains to be seen, however. We are pretty sure that most Tarkovsky connoisseurs out there are quite eager to finally get their hands on both versions of this movie. Note finally that the RusCiCo version is in an anamorphic transfer, as opposed to Criterion's version.

Now, if only someone would include Gleb Panfilov's little-known 1965 15-minute documentary from the set of Andrei Rublev on their DVD, as an extra, we would all be so very much happier!

 

June 15, 2001

History Lesson:
Image Entertainment Solaris DVD redux...
This takes us back to mid-January of 1999:
    	
    	[Dear Sir:]
    	
    	This could be a lot of people at Image but I'll return your inquiry
    	right now.   SOLARIS was licensed to Image from Corinth video in NY.  We
    	had released this title before on Laserdisc so we thought we had all the
    	elements to work with and started production in earnest.  When we
    	announced this title a fan of the film wrote us and mentioned that about
    	30% of the subtitles for the film were missing.  He explained that the
    	lack of subtitles made it hard to follow the plot.  We looked at it and
    	indeed he was correct.  We stopped production and hired a Russian
    	translator to re-subtitle the film.  The new translations were given to
    	Captions Inc. who created a new subtitle file for us.  The entire DVD
    	project was finally two days away from completion when we got a strange
    	phone call from Corinth Video.   After months of working on this we were
    	told that we really didn't have the rights to release it on DVD.  The
    	actual rights were sold to Janus Films in NY.  This all happened about a
    	week ago and it was a big shock to us.  We had really put a lot of
    	effort into this title, we even had the packaging printed up and ready
    	to go.  We are trying to get the rights back by sub-licensing the title
    	from Janus.
    	
    	That's as much as I can tell you for now.  Write me if you have any
    	questions about this.
    	
    	[source witheld]
    	Director of Production
    	Image Entertainment
    	
    	(Letter originally posted on USENET, with the author's permission)
    	

 

May 31, 2001

A quick comparison between the Solaris Image Laserdisk and the Ruscico DVD


    Ruscico DVD


    Image Entertainment Laserdisk

    Thanks to Jan for these framegrabs. The image digitizer employed is cheap - image quality is sub optimal at best. These grabs are thus primarily suited for judging the difference in cropping. More realistic flesh tones may certainly be discerned, but notice how much better the DVD preserves Andrei's intended framing (top, bottom, left, right). I am sure every cinephile out there agrees with me: Kudos to the Ruscico crew!

    Approximate crop delta

 

May 27, 2001

RusCiCo Solaris DVD - Menu samples (menus are tri-lingual)


 

May 24, 2001

The Criterion Collection (www.criterionco.com) is currently working on releases of Stalker and Solaris. These releases are planned for 2002. The only officially confirmed title, however, is Ivan's Childhood, scheduled for release later this year.

 

May 24, 2001

Criterion Collection statement on the Ruscico Solaris DVD

    	
    	Dear Trond:
    	
    	[snip]
    	
    	We have been working on Solaris for a while, trying to get proper
    	film elements or video masters. We most certainly plan to release it
    	on DVD.
    	
    	This is a delicate matter, as you might imagine. Let me just say that
    	as the US rightsholder to this and many of the films you mention, I
    	do not share your positive assessment of Ruscico.
    	
    	All the best,
    	
    	[source witheld]
    	The Criterion Collection
    	
    	

NOTE: A similar, but more strongly worded, letter appeared on The Criterion DVD Forum - reproduced below FYI.

    	
    	[snip]
    	
    	So I read threads like this one [ URL withheld ] with a great deal of concern.
    	
    	It is my understanding that St Petersburg Entertainment was raided by the FBI last
    	year and that they are known pirates. I'm not sure what their relationship with
    	Ruscico is but I do know that their distribution of Solaris, Stalker, Cranes are Flying,
    	Ballad of a Soldier and several others -- Andrei Rublev being another good example
    	-- violates the rights of Janus Films and the Criterion Collection. We're in the
    	process of contacting the FBI again.
    
    	We own the video rights to these films in the US and English-speaking Canada and
    	are working on our own DVDs. We appreciate that people love these films and really
    	want to see them on DVD but the editions being discussed are not legal.
    
    	All the best,
    
    	[source witheld]
    	The Criterion Collection
    
    	

 

February 16, 2001

Michael Lellouche writes: I would like to tell you that Collected Screenplays in French [will be] published in two books. Incredible work, with also all short stories, exclusive things, unpublished material, his kino-novels, and also all original material novels from "Solaris" (Lem novel), "Stalker" etc. The novels are included. So many things. I will try to type an article on the French books which are so outstanding.

 





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