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One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevitch

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Through film clips, journal entries, and personal musings, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENEVICH is renowned French filmmaker Chris Marker's homage to his friend and colleague, Andrei Tarkovsky, who died in 1986.

Through close readings of Tarksovsky's films - including rare scenes from his student film (an adaptation of Hemingway's The Killers) and a practically unknown production of Boris Goudonov - Marker attempts to locate Tarkovsky in his work. Parallels drawn by Marker between Tarkovksy's life and films offer an original insight into the reclusive director. Personal anecdotes from Tarkovsky's writings - from his prophetic meeting with Boris Pasternak (author of Dr. Zhivago) to an encounter with the KGB on the streets of Paris (he thought they were coming to kill him) - pepper the film.

With behind-the-scenes footage of Tarkovsky obsessively commanding his entire crew (including famed Bergman cinematographer Sven Nykvist, during the filming of a complicated sequence from his final film The Sacrifice), and candid moments of Tarkovsky with his friends and family, bedridden but still working on the editing of his final film, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENEVICH is a personal and loving portrait of the monumental filmmaker.

Bonus films:
IN THE DARK by Sergei Dvortsevoy
An elderly blind man lives alone in the suburbs of Moscow. His one companion is a clever white cat who continually frustrates his work netting the string bags that he takes to the street to give away to passers-by.

The film depicts a dramatic collision between the past, the present, and the future in contemporary Russia by focusing on three different cities in this vast land. In Komsomolsk-on-Amur, a still-living symbol of Soviet industrialization in the 1930s, older Russian citizens speak about their youth, when they felt part of something bigger than themselves: building "a city of communist dreams" in the middle of nowhere. Moscow bids farewell to Anna Politkovskaya, the fearless journalist and human rights activist who was assassinated for her political activity. And residents of Khanty-Mansijsk, one of the main centers of Siberia's budding oil industry, speak about their beloved fairy tale-like town, where the communist dream has been swept away by new aspirations for a prosperous future.


**** (4 stars) A masterpiece! The best single piece of Tarkovsky criticism I know of, clarifying the overall coherence of his oeuvre while leaving all the mysteries of his films intact. --Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

A brilliant appreciation of the last great Soviet director, Andrei Tarkovsky. No less then Jean-Luc Godard or Martin Scorsese, Marker is an original and perceptive exegete of other filmmakers.... The most sustained and heartfelt tribute one filmmaker has paid another. --J. Hoberman, Village Voice

A film that defies categorization as a documentary, or even as a 'film essay'... A love letter is more like it: personal, passionate, unguarded. --LA Weekly

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  • Actors: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Directors: Chris Marker, Sergei Dvortsevoy, Marina Goldovskaya
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YLC0O0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Kollars on April 28, 2012
This DVD contains three different pieces (well five really, as "Three Songs About Motherland" -as you would expect from the title- itself has three distinct parts). What they all have in common is they're in some way about Russia.

Chris Marker's "One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich" I'd heard about and been seeking for a couple years, but this is the first time I found it on DVD (rather than VHS tape, which is no good to me). It portrays Andrei Tarkovsky in some detail, and includes a lot of footage about his shooting of his last film "The Sacrifice". Most of the material was new to me (however a few bits of the filming of "The Sacrifice" looked somewhat similar to other things I've seen from a different camera). It's a sort of paean to a friend (look elsewhere if what you want is in-depth film criticism).

Sergey Dvortsevoy's little-known documentary "In the Dark" is about an aging pensioner in Russia who doesn't much feel like he's 'useful' to society. Besides growing old and feeling useless, another way to view the film is as a commentary either on 'modern' society or about 'environmental' attitudes and possible disaster. The director almost makes a point of _not_ arguing for -or even presenting- any particular point-of-view, leaving you free to interpret his film however you like. This short documentary was made a few years before his better-known feature-length sorta-fiction film "Tulpan".

Marina Goldovskaya's "Three Songs About Motherland" presents a lot of 'talk' from lots of different people in Russia today. (Although Ms.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By First on June 5, 2011
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the chris marker Andrei Tarkovsky film is far and away the best film about Tarkovsky, and another great film by Marker, too.
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