(Phoebe Taplin’s article appeared in ‘Russia Beyond the Headlines, 11/26.)

Biography wrestles with the filmmaker’s remarkable life

Glagoslav Publications has published “Andrei Tarkovsky: Life on the Cross,” a work by author Lyudmila Boyadzhieva detailing the life of this Russian director who could be as difficult personally as he was brilliant professionally.

The metaphor underlying Lyudmila Boyadzhieva’s fictionalized biography is the image of revered Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky as Christ. With his messianic approach to creativity – “for me making films is a moral activity,” she quotes him saying – and his ideological persecution by the Soviet authorities, Tarkovsky is ripe for hagiography.

Boyadzhieva does not flinch from portraying his human failings, too. Tarkovsky may have been a genius and cinematic pioneer, but clearly he could also be a very annoying man. He was misogynistic – “a woman does not have her own inner world” – stubborn, insecure, naïve, irritable, intolerant and “provocatively direct.” His observational skills, Boyadzhieva remarks dryly, lay more in “a refined perception of the smallest manifestations of the outside world, than in knowing how to relate to people

Russia Beyond the Headlines – http://rbth.com/literature/2014/11/26/andrei_tarkovsky_biography_wrestles_with_the_filmmakers_remarkable_41717.html)

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