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Andrei Tarkovsky Collection (1986)

Region: 2
UPC/Barcode: 5021866508306
Released: 27th June 2011
Release type: Deleted
No. of Discs: 7
Catalogue No: ART508DVD
Category: Feature, Foreign
Format: DVD / Box Set
Andrei Tarkovsky Collection (1986) (Box Set) (Deleted)

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Story: Complete collection of directed works by the acclaimed Russian film maker, Andrei Tarkovsky. 'Ivan's Childhood' (1962) explores the life of a 12-year-old boy, Ivan (Nikolai Burlyayev), who is orphaned after his family are killed by the Nazis and goes on to join a partisan group, who use his diminutive stature and agility for intelligence purposes. Worried about his safety, they send him to a quieter area, but the boy, hellbent on revenge for his parents' murder, insists on being given more dangerous assignments, with tragic consequences. 'Andrei Rublev' (1966) is Tarkovsky's acclaimed epic about the life of the 15th century icon painter. Rublev (Anatoli Solonitsyn) lives in a world consumed by feudal violence and human degradation, and the turmoil he sees all about him makes him lose the will to speak. After many years of silent travelling around medieval Russia, he meets a young boy who has taken charge of the construction of a large silver bell, and in him discovers the inspiration to speak again. 'The Mirror' (1975) sees Tarkovsky draw on episodes from his own life in this story of a dying man reflecting on his relationships with his parents, wife and son. The film includes a number of reflections on the Russian people and their history, using the life of one man to consider the Russian experience from the Second World War through to the end of the Stalinist period. The film also features Tarkovsky's father reading his own poems and his mother (Larisa Tarkovskaya) playing the role of the on-screen mother. Adapted from a Stanislaw Lem novel, 'Solaris' (1972), charts the strange events which befall a group of young cosmonauts who work on a space station orbiting the ocean-covered planet Solaris. Fellow cosmonaut Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) is sent to investigate the occurrences and soon begins encountering a variety of supernatural phenomena, including the physical manifestation of his own painful memories of his now-dead wife. Kelvin tries to get to the bottom of the mystery and begins looking for a way to communicate with the powerful forces of Solaris. In the stunningly filmed allegorical fantasy, 'Stalker' (1979), a psychologically gifted man (Aleksandr Kaidanovsky) leads a Writer (Anatoli Solonitsyn) and a Professor (Nikolai Grinko) through an industrial wasteland called the Zone, in search of a room where Truth is contained. In 'Nostalgia' (1983) a Russian poet and musicologist researching the life of an 18th century composer meets a mysterious man, who is convinced that the end of the world is nigh. The Russian is asked to cross an ancient sulphur pool from side to side carrying a lighted candle as an act of faith. Tarkovsky's first film outside the USSR is full of personal and Christian symbols and works as a study of such themes as memory, melancholia, and disenchantment with the material world. Tarkovsky's final film, 'The Sacrifice' (1986), won a special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1986. On an isolated Swedish island Alexander (Erland Josephson), his wife, their children, her lover and various eccentric friends gather around a radio when nuclear war is announced. Alexander attempts to strike a deal with God and is willing to sacrifice everything, including his six-year-old son, in order to avert the war and mankind's annihilation.

Starring: Nikolai Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, E. Zarikov, Nikolai Grinko, V. Malyavina, Andrey Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky, Irma Raouch Tarkovstaya, Nikolai Sergueiev, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Bourliaiev, Youri Nasarov, Rolan Bykov, Youri Nikulin, Mikhail Kononov, Margarita Terekhova, Philip Yankovsky, Ignat Danilstev, Alla Demidova, Yuri Nazarov, Larisa Tarkovskaya, Yura Sventikov, Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuck, Andrei Tarkovsky, Yuri Yarvet, Vatsalv Dvorzhetsky, Sos Sarkissyan, Vitalik Kerdimun, Olga Kizilova, Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Alisa Freindlikh, Oleg Yankovsky, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano, Patrizia Terreno, Delia Boccardo, Susan Fleetwood, Valerie Mairesse, Allan Edwall, Gudrun Gisladottir

Cinematographer: Vadim Yusov, Vadim Youssov, Sven Nykvist

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky

Music by: Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov, Viatcheslac Ovtchinnikov, Eduard Artemiev, Giovanni Pergolesi, Henry Purcell

Produced by: Andrei Tarkovsky

Written by: Vladimir Bogomolov, Mikhail Papava, Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrey Konchalovsky, Aleksandr Misharin, Friedrich Gorenstein

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Studio/distributor: Artificial Eye

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