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Each one of Andrei Tarkovsky’s films is an intense exploration of the possibilities cinema offers to storytellers. They also ask much of the viewer. With each invitation into their cinematic landscapes, there is in addition a challenge to learn the language of these film worlds and the essence behind the visually and aurally presented life. As a filmmaker, Tarkovsky’s touch is very much present in how I personally understand and relate to film, and coming from a background in poetry, for me, this acclaimed “poet in cinema” channels the true poetry that cinema is capable of offering to audiences.

When I speak of poetry I am not thinking of it as a genre. Poetry is an awareness of the world, a particular way of relating to reality, said Tarkovsky. From the perspective of a filmmaker, Tarkovsky allures with his grasp for the art of cinema. Still, and more importantly so, from the stance of one who shares in this experience of human life, Tarkovsky allows us to connect with the heart of cinema through his portrayal of emotions and truth, in other words, what makes us human. In a Tarkovsky film, we face life.

Mirror is a true masterpiece and an unforgettable cinematic experience. It is a world that I enjoy visiting. Nostalghia and Stalker, masterpieces in their own right, share a close spot to it. It is difficult to rate the films of Andrei Tarkovsky; however, this order of these sculptures of time will have to suffice for now. To one of the great artists of cinema…cheers.

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