THE ARTIST IN THE MIRROR OF THE ART. REVIEW OF SEWERYN KUOEMIERCZYK’S THE BOOK OF ANDREI TARKOVSKY’S MOVIES
Volumetrically impressive elaboration by Kuśmierczyk — amounting to a hundred pages — describes Tarkovsky as a real man-artist. The book, having the formula of a biographic monograph, tries to catch all the film accomplishments of the Soviet director. The author, analyzing chronologically the artist’s works, not only refers extensively to their biographic context, but also focuses our attention on plots, motifs and formal solutions marking Tarkovsky’s style. In a very convincing mode Kuśmierczyk shows the creative way of Tarkovsky, the development of his personality and approach to the cinema philosophy. With a great diligence the researcher quotes biographical curiosities connected with the process of creating the director’s works and traces the cultural and metaphysical contexts of Stalker’s author’s poetics.
Translated by Kamila Żyto