Nostalghia - Andrei Tarkovsky 1983. Camera movement and lighting (No replies)
I’m working my way through Tarkovsky’s films which are currently on Mubi and the Criterion Channel and was really struck by the film language of Nostalghia. I won’t bother to try to deal with the symbolism but I really enjoyed his technique of lighting the background and silhouetting the characters with gentle fill. It is unconventional but very effective and would make for a rather simple shoot. It is a technique reminiscent of the sunset scenes in Easy Rider when they climb the Indian ruins they weren’t supposed to. It’s a method I’ve tried out a few times when I’m running out of light at the end of the day but I hadn’t really thought of using it to this extent. Interestingly, it seems to be only during the first half of the film.
There’s also a great deal of camera movement and slow zooms, which kept me watching just to see what else might be there. Before, when I’ve tried it out I was just playing with my vintage Angenieux 25-250 with a cinema products zoom but now I can just say I’m zooming like Tarkovsky!
Any other thoughts would be appreciated!