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Nostalghia - Andrei Tarkovsky 1983. Camera movement and lighting (No replies)

4 months ago
drivestv 4 months ago


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!

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