Marina Tarkovskaya, a author within the shadow of two geniuses: Andréi and Arseniy Tarkovski | Culture | EUROtoday

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“I am a slave driver, like all those who do their (great) work in the shadows,” the author Marina Tarkovskaya used to say with fun, since because the sister of the well-known filmmaker Andrei Tarkovski (1932-1986) and daughter of the poet Arseniy Tarkovski ( 1907-1989), has devoted most of his life to defending and persevering with the legacy of those two geniuses. The Russian writer, who died final Tuesday, wrote a dozen books largely associated to the cinema and lifetime of Andréi Tarkovsky, and she or he was distinguished by her poetic and philosophical writing, which at all times transcended the autobiographical. This is obvious from the titles of her books: Mirror Fragments, Arseni Tarkovsky: my future burned between the strains, We now have one other postal deal with, to call just a few. He wrote an unique textual content, Autobiographical motifs within the cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, for the collective ebook Andrew Tarkovsky and common tradition revealed solely in Spain (Shangrila, 2020).

Tarkovskaya was a biographer and historian, essayist and literary critic, philologist and member of the Russian Film Academy and its guild of movie critics (Gilda). She supported the creation of the Andrei Tarkovsky Film Festival in 2007, which has since been held each June within the Ivanovo area. The precedent for the aforementioned occasion was the acquisition of part of Tarkovsky's archive at an public sale on the London gallery Sotheby's for simply over a million euros. This truth exhibits the appreciation for tradition within the large Slavic nation, but additionally the intention of the political energy to proceed propaganda by way of inventive creativity, to which lots of finances continues to be allotted. On the opposite hand, Andrei and Marina Tarkovsky lived within the Ivanovo area with their mom and grandmother throughout World War II, a ample motive for Tarkovsky museums, archives and cultural occasions to be present in varied cities within the space.

Marina Tarkovskaya devoted the final years of her life extra to literature than to cinema: she undertook the version of the entire works of her father, Arseniy Aleksándrovich Tarkovski, a poet silenced in Soviet instances. “There is a lot of Dad's work that has not yet seen the light and if I don't do it, no one will,” was the argument that gave him the energy to endure work days of greater than ten hours a day, writing on a pc, between paperwork and books, when she was already over eighty-five years previous. “My mind is about forty-five years old, but my body doesn't forgive,” she mentioned currently.

In his books he talked about household life, inventive creativity and nature. To these three elements of her personal life and the work of her brother, her filmmaker, and her father, her author, Marina, she added different profound themes that additionally decided her existence: absence, warfare, love, dying. With a significant smile that she one way or the other used to guard everybody round her, Marina Tarkovskaya at all times spoke to convey some message for all times to her interlocutors. In an interview, she confessed: “Many times I have wished that my brother and my father were not Andrei and Arseny Tarkovsky, but ordinary men. Because they loved their artistic creativity so much that they had no emotional strength left, not even for those closest to them.” It is a painful mission to be associated to 2 geniuses.

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