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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50  ·  rating details  ·  1,290 ratings  ·  88 reviews

Andrei Tarkovsky, the genius of modern Russian cinema—hailed by Ingmar Bergman as "the most important director of our time"—died an exile in Paris in December 1986. In Sculpting in Time, he has left his artistic testament, a remarkable revelation of both his life and work. Since Ivan's Childhood won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1962, the visionary qualit

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Hardcover, 254 pages
Published June 12th 1987 by Knopf (first published 1984)
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Alkhansaa
معالجته للزمن مُبهرة للغاية، شاهدت فلم المرآة دون أي خلفية مسبقة عنه، ظللت مشدودة من أول دقيقة حتى النهاية، كان الإحساس ما بعد الفلم مؤثر وممتد، تصويره للذكريات يشبه طريقة تذكرنا لها، بعشوائية، وعدم انتظام، وبتفاصيل دقيقة وتفاصيل مغيبة، كل ماشاهدت من أفلام في كفة وفلم المرآة في كفة، أفضل وصف يطلق عليه هو النحت في الزمن ..
قرأت كتابه و وجدت أن للمخرج وجهة نظر خاصة وفلسفة تجاه الفن والحياة، تاركوفسكي يرى الفن روحاني ومهمته هي التطهير، العالم الداخلي بكثافته وتعقيده هو مايحاول إبرازه في أفلامه ولذا
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Alexa
"I see it as my duty to stimulate reflection on what is essentially human and eternal in each individual soul, and which all too often a person will pass by, even though his fate lies in his hands. He is too busy chasing after phantoms and bowing down to idols. In the end everything can be reduced to the one simple element which is all a person can count upon in his existence: the capacity to love. That element can grow within the soul to become the supreme factor which determines the meaning of ...more
Pavel
The greatest director and very bad methodologist. He is the only one, there is no one like him and every one who tried to follow his method suffered different kinds of failure. I personally acquainted with people whose whole life collapsed under Tarkovsky's colossus. The scale of his talent and its main feature: ability to erect his own personal life experiences to the scale of something universal, attracts a lot of young filmmakers and they all end up destroying their own talent, just because o ...more
Grant Phipps
I will expound developments I made while reading the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s poetic accounts, and they will collectively be an indirect review in the process...

After reading Tarkovsky’s autobiography, I can’t help but feel utterly overwhelmed, disturbed, and changed in some profound way. My own considerations and world views have been upturned. Parts of Sculpting in Time were so engrossing and beautifully told (even penetrating the sometimes overly literal translation of Kitty
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Rogerio Brugnera
"We all know the tradicional genre of ancient Japanese poetry, the haikku. [Sergei] Eisensteinquoted some examples:

'Coldly shining moon;
near the ancient monastery
a wolf is howling'

'Silent in the field
a butterfly was flying
then it fell asleep'

Eisenstein saw in these three line verses the model for how the combination of three separate elements creates something different in kind from any of them. Since this principle was already there in haikku, however, it is clearly not exclusive to cinema.

What
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أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
في كتابته كما في أفلامه , ثمّة امتزاج عضويّ و في غاية الاتساق ما بين الشعريّ و الفكريّ , ما بين الفنّ و الإيمان , وما بين الروح و الواقع .
تاركوفسكي يكتب آراءه حول السينما والأدب والفنّ , وأزمة الروح في عالم الأسواق و القوّة , كتاب ملهم و رهيف .
Andrea M. S.
I liked lots of parts of this book, but Tarkovsky's religious and dogmatic way of think really bothers me. Nevertheless the book as a whole is good. I recommend for all cinephiles and Tarkovsky's fans.
William
The Fyodor Dostoyevsky of film making.
Ben
A book that both inspired me immensely, and aided in destroying all interest I had in film. Every film student should read this, even if they don't enjoy his work. I think his ideas are far greater than his films. His way of explaining is a bit off-beat, and reminded me of Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky quite a lot (see Concerning the Spiritual in Art - Highly recommended to anyone who enjoyed this, by the way). In this book Tarkovsky explains the methods behind his films; and not in a techni ...more
Jwharah Alghamdi
توقفت عن القراءة لمشاهدة فلمه ( المرآة) الروس عباقرة ومجانين ذكراة المشاهد جزء من الفلم.. فالفلم عبارة عن صور كل صورة يمكن أن ترسخ أو تجمعها ذاكرة المشاهد تنتظم فيها على هيئة مشاهد أو مواقف متفرقة ... حتى وأنت تجمع صور الفلم في ذاكرتك ترى كم الذاكرة انتقائية ومبعثرة ... الألوان الموسيقى المنازل الطبيعة والكتب والقصائد المضافة للصور تعطيها بعد زمني وإن كان غير مرتب أو متسلسل وبعد روحي ... معاودة مشاهدة الفلم جنون ... لأن الصور والتعابير المضافة إليها وذاكرتك يمكن أن تنظم الصور في أكثر من موقف وأك ...more
Mamdouh Abdullah
في هذا الكتاب يقدم المخرج الروسي الكبير آندريه تاركوفسكي رؤيته للسينما: مضمون هذا الفن وطريقته ورؤيته الخاصة. في رأيي البسيط: قراءة الكتاب لا تكتمل دون مشاهدة بعض أعماله, والتي تحدث عنها.

قال المخرج الكبير إنجمار برجمان في مذكراته أن آندرية تاركوفسكي هو أحد أعظم المخرجين على الإطلاق, ولم يستطع أي
مخرج أن يتعامل مع الأحلام كما تعامل معها تاركوفسكي. ها هنا حالة أستطيع من خلالها وصف الفكر السينمائي عند تاركوفسكي من خلال برجمان. برجمان مثل تاركوفسكي: تحتل المشاكل الروحية والنفسية للإنسان في أعمالهم
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Emre Ergin
"Sinemayı hiç bilmiyorum, kimden öğrenirim" diye başladığım maceramda, "film izle" tavsiyelerinin hiçbirine uymadım ve bu kitap önüme sürüldü. Kitap beni tatmin etti, genel olarak sanata yaklaşım, özelde sinemanın diğer üstünlükleri, insan tanımları vesaireyle beni cezbetti. Tarkovski'nin kendi ruhunun olgunluğu da etkili bunda.

Ama şu, sinemanın edebiyattan üstünlüklerini anlattığı yerlerde, "meselâ edebiyat rüyayı canlandıramaz" gibi yerlerde, bana meydan okunmuş gibi hissettim, "bal gibi de ca
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Philippe Malzieu
The first Tarkovski's movie that I saw was his last one "the sacrifice". He died few time after in Paris. It is one of the most beautiful film ever made. It was turned in Féroé, the Bergman'isle with Nyqvist his director of the photograph and one of his prefered actor Erland Josephson.
Nuclear war threatens. Man passes a pact with God. If his family is saved in the morning, he gives up speaking. After a night agitated his family is saved. He decides to pass for insane so respecting the pact. The
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Benjamin Ma
It's an influencial film language book. The concept and technique of film making is so brilliant. He's my ultimate film maker.
Mehrdad
پیوتر نیکولایویچ عزیز
اکنون دو سال است که در ایتالیا هستم، این دو سال برای من بسیار با اهمیت بوده است، هم از جنبه ی شغلی من به عنوان آهنگ ساز و هم در ارتباط با زندگی روزمره ام.
امروز یک کابوس عجیب و غریب داشتم. من باید یک قطعه بزرگ اپرا را که در تئاتر اربابم گراف به اجرا درمی آمد، آماده می کردم.
پرده ی اول در یک پارک بزرگ با مجسمه های بسیار بازی می شد و نقش این مجسمه ها را مردان برهنه ای که به رنگ سفید آرایش شده بودند، بازی می کردند. آن ها موظف بودند که زمانی طولانی بی حرکت بمانند. من هم نقش یکی از
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Hugo
Este libro viene de una revisión y edición de el libro Yuxtaposiciones, que se publico originalmente fragmentado en la URSS, después del exilio artístico de Tarkovski, lo termino completamente y lo rebautizaron Esculpir el Tiempo en Berlín a principios de los 80’s.
Tarkovski escribe a corazón abierto lo que es ser un cineasta, de sus primeras experiencias después de terminados sus estudios, de la responsabilidad del artista y de cómo este busca una conexión con su publico sin que la industria o i
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Ahmed Azimov

الناحت في الزمن - اسطورة السينما اندريا تاركوفيسكي

هذا هوا واقع مايفعله تاركو حين يقص ويجمع الماده الفيلمه المسجله على شرائط الزمن في مرحلة المونتاج والذي يبدو بأن حالة التامل الميتافيزيقي افسحت له المجال لتفجير طاقته الخاصه كما يتجلى في فيلمه المتسلل وعبر ملاحظاته هنا ، متأثرا بسيريالية بونويل – فيلمي المرآه و نوستاليجا تحديدا – بالاضافه الى العملاق السويدي انجمار بيرجمان واخرون

# ابتدأ كتابه بسرد بعض من كتابات المشاهدين اليه الحاويه على الكثير من السباب والتوبيخ

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MOL
Taigi prie peržiūrėtų visų pagrindinių Tarkovskio filmų pagaliau galiu pridėti ir jo paties parašytą knygą. Skaičiau anglų kalba, nepaisant to, skaitėsi ji tikrai nesunkiai. Buvo vietų, kurios labai patiko, tiesa, buvo ir tokių, kuriuose arba ne iki galo supratau, ką nori pasakayti autorius, arba kur ne iki galo sutikdavau su juo. Bet kokiu atveju, po šios knygos dar geriau supratau, kas per kūrėjas slypi už tokių filmų kaip Veidrodis, Stalkeris ar Andrėjus Rubliovas. Paties Tarkovskio portretas ...more
Patrick
Don't pick up this book expecting any technical insight into filmmaking - Tarkovsky is concerned with Art and the role of the Artist as hero/prophet/saint. For Tarkovsky, Art is a spiritual practice: "Art is a meta-language, with the help of which people try to communicate with one another; to impart information about themselves and assimilate the experience of others. Again, this has not to do with practical advantage but with realising the idea of love, the meaning of which is in sacrifice: th ...more
أحمد ناجي

كتاب بائس جدا
ينتمى إلى جنس كتابة الصبنيات والآهات والدموع، والآلم الإنساني الحارق في الطيز، والسؤال الوجودى، والتقديس والتأليه المفرط للفن ودوره.
رأى لا في تاركوفسكى عموما أنه كان يحتاج لزيارة طبيب نفسانى لعلاجه من الاكتئاب، قبل أن يعمل في مجال السينما.
ثم طبعا دع عنك اللغة المتذحلقة المستخدمة في الترجمة، المترجم بذل أقسي ما يمكنه علشان يحاول يكسب الكلام قدر من الحكمة أو العمق، لكن الحقيقة أن تحت كل هذه الزخارف البلاغية، لا توجد إلا أفكار مراهق رومانسي عبيط
Xavier
This is an essential read for anyone interested in Tarkovsky's films. It's insightful to read about what his philosophy toward film was. I revere Tarkovsky's films, as well as those of his protege Sokurov, and other filmmakers with similar style, Bela Tarr for example. If you're interested The Mirror and The Sacrifice are both outstanding films. For Sokurov, check out Mother and Son, and for Tarr you should see Werckmeister Harmonies.
Luisa
Jan 11, 2012 Luisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: film makers, future film makers, artists
Recommended to Luisa by: film makers
Awesome. This book should be read by every person who aspires to be a film maker, even by those who want to be any kind of artist. Although I can't agree with him completely, I think he's one of the most important film makers of all the times. He explains things with such clarity, and makes it very simple to understand, he's not pretentious and I really appreciate that. I will carry this as my Bible from now on.
Lawrence Barrow
By far the greatest film-maker in history
-- poetry in emotion pictures --
Kyle
Mar 27, 2014 Kyle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists, poets, film lovers
Recommended to Kyle by: my Russian professor
Sculpting in Time is an excellent collection of Andrei's thoughts and opinions of his films and the meaning and history behind the films. Despite some of the dark themes that Tarkovsky covers in his films, the book is uplifting, inspirational, and praises human life and spirituality. While Tarkovsky is highly religious, he covers spirituality on a poetic and universal level, relating to people in a style that is known by everyone: art.

Люблю глаза твои, мой друг,
С игрой их пламенно-чудесной,
Когра
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Mehrdad
My dear Pyotr Nikolayevich,
I have been in Italy for two years now, and these two years have been
very significant, both for my work as a composer and in my personal life.
Last night I had a strange nightmare. I was producing an important
opera, to be performed in the theatre of my master, the Count. The first
act took place in a great park filled with statues, and these were played by-
nude men made up with white paint, who were obliged to stand for a long
time without moving. I too was acting t
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Adam
Tarkovsky is my favourite film director. Yet his view of cinema is way too dogmatic: it must present the artist’s direct experience of the world, and anything else it can do debases that basic requirement. And the distinctions he draws between film and the other arts, based on his dogmatic definition of cinema, are way too strict.

His view of editing is especially problematic. He says that it does not provide rhythm, that the rhythm is inherent in the flow of time in each shot. This seems, as the
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James
This is not an easy book to read because it challenges you on every page to reevaluate what art really is, to meditate on the societal role of the artist AND the audience, and to figure out how to bridge the ever-widening gap between art and consumerism without compromising your soul.

Tarkovsky eschews definitive conclusions regarding the craft (for the most part), probably loathes all the movies you hold dear, willingly contradicts himself through the text, and holds a worldview that is (surpri
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Törless
Idealistic, romantic, religious, dogmatic, full of contradictions, intransigent and pretentious. Setting his own creative approach as a norm, everything that deviates from it sucks, while at the same time saying that everything is subjective anyways. Also constantly making an amalgam between his own perception on things, what is recorded, and the aesthetic experience of the spectator. Occasionally making some interesting remarks, but too few to make this book worthwile. Just skip it (unless you ...more
Daniel Iván
Una lectura poderosa, influyente, carente de época o premura. La indagación de Tarkovsky en torno a la poética de la imagen y a la poética en general es simplemente apabullante, en el mejor sentido de la idea. Más allá de consideraciones técnicas sobre el cine, el libro es un viaje en torno al sentido profundo de la creación artística y del poeta frente a la vida. Un libro maravilloso.
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Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (Russian: Андре́й Арсе́ньевич Тарко́вский) was a Soviet film director, writer and opera director. Tarkovksy is listed among the 100 most critically acclaimed filmmakers. He attained critical acclaim for directing such films as Andrei Rublev, Solaris and Stalker.

Tarkovsky also worked extensively as a screenwriter, film editor, film theorist and theater director. He dire
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“Modern mass culture, aimed at the 'consumer', the civilisation of prosthetics, is crippling people's souls, setting up barriers between man and the crucial questions of his existence, his consciousness of himself as a spiritual being.” 37 likes
“...art must must carry man's craving for the ideal, must be an expression of his reaching out towards it; that art must give man hope and faith. And the more hopeless the world in the artist's version, the more clearly perhaps must we see the ideal that stands in opposition - otherwise life becomes impossible! Art symbolises the meaning of our existence.” 27 likes
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