Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) firmly positioned himself as the finest Soviet director of the post-War period. But his influence extended well beyond the Soviet Union. The Cahiers du cinéma consistently ranked his films on their top ten annual lists. Ingmar Bergman went so far as to say, “Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” And Akira Kurosawa acknowledged his influence too, adding, “I love all of Tarkovsky’s films. I love his personality and all his works. Every cut from his films is a marvelous image in itself.”
Shot between 1962 and 1986, Tarkovsky’s seven feature films often grapple with metaphysical and spiritual themes, using a distinctive cinematic style. Long takes, slow pacing and metaphorical imagery – they all figure into the archetypical Tarkovsky film. (Watch the scene from Stalker above.)
Thanks to the Film Annex, you can now watch the complete collection of Tarkovsky films online – for free. Each film is listed in our Free Movie collection, but here you can access each major film in the order in which they were made.
Ivan’s Childhood (1962)
Andrei Rublev (1966) Part 2 here
Solaris (1972) Part 2 here
The Mirror (1975)
The Sacrifice (1985)
FYI: Strictly Film School offers a short summary and analysis of each film. A big thanks to Eren Gulfidan (@gulfi) for the heads up here. And kudos to Film Annex for bringing this body of work online.
On a final, related note, we have a guest post today on BrainPickings: Opening Up the Hitchcock and Lang Archives. In a quick minute, you’ll discover how to watch Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang movies online, again for free.