Andrei Tarkovsky, the Russian filmmaker, writer and film theorist, is considered to be one of the most stylistically creative filmmakers of all time.
Famed for his unconventionally long takes, Tarkovsky honed in on what is known as ‘slow cinema’ with his artistically poetic imagery: “All art, of course, is intellectual, but for me, all the arts, and cinema even more so, must above all be emotional and act upon the heart,” Tarkovsky himself once said.
Not short of admirers, 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.”
The great Akira Kurosawa, who many consider to be one fo the greatest filmmakers of all time, once said: “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.”
Tarkovsky, in total, made seven feature films. He directed the first five of his seven feature films in the Soviet Union; his last two films, Nostalghia (1983) and The Sacrifice (1986), were created in Italy and Sweden.
Below, a large portion of Tarkovsky’s iconic films have been made available to stream online free and, here at Far Out, we have them all in one place for you:
Initial release: April 6, 1962.
“When Nazi invaders destroy his Russian village and kill his family, 12-year-old Ivan is placed in a German prison camp. Ivan escapes from the camp and crosses back over to Russia, and comes under the care of Capt. Kholin, who wants to send Ivan to military school.
“Ivan refuses, requesting that he be allowed to use his powers of stealth to return to Germany to spy on the Nazis and avenge the killing of his family.”
Initial release: December, 1966.
Synopsis: “An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the life of revered religious icon painter Andrei Rublev. Drifting from place to place in a tumultuous era, the peace-seeking monk eventually gains a reputation for his art.
“But after Rublev witnesses a brutal battle and unintentionally becomes involved, he takes a vow of silence and spends time away from his work.”
Initial release: March 7th, 1975.
Synopsis: “Using a nonlinear structure interlaced with dreams and flashbacks, director Andrei Tarkovsky creates a stream-of-consciousness meditation on war, memory and time that draws heavily on events from his own life.”
Initial release: May 13th, 1972.
Synopsis: “A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out repressed memories and obsessions.”
Initial release: May 25th, 1979.
Synopsis: “Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker embarks on a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape. A hired guide, the Stalker of the title leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumoured to fulfil one’s most deeply held desires.”