Andrei Tarkovsky
(1932-1986)

Died aged c. 54

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (Russian: Андре́й Арсе́ньевич Тарко́вский; IPA: [ɐnˈdrʲej ɐrˈsʲenʲjɪvʲɪtɕ tɐrˈkofskʲɪj]; 4 April 1932 – 29 December 1986) was a Soviet and Russian filmmaker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director. Tarkovsky's films include Ivan's Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), Mirror (1975), and Stalker (1979). 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 produced in Italy and Sweden, respectively. His work is characterized by long takes, unconventional dramatic structure, distinctly authored use of cinematography, and spiritual and metaphysical themes. His contribution to cinema was so influential that works done in a similar way are described as Tarkovskian. Ingmar Bergman said of Tarkovsky:"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."

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Andrej Tarkovskij regista sublime di un cinema spirituale esule a Firenze in questa casa passo gli ultimi anni della sua vita ospite e cittadino onorario della citta di Firenze

English translation: Andrei Tarkovsky director of a sublime spiritual cinema in exile in Florence in this house step the last years of his life visiting and honorary citizen of the city of Florence

Via San Niccolò 91, Florence, Italy where they lived

Le cineaste russe Andrei Tarkovski 1932-1986 Trouva ici sa derniere demeure

English translation: Andrei Tarkovsky spent the last years of his life here

10 Rue Puvis de Chavannes, Paris, France where they lived