Каток и скрипка (1961)

Day 39: 18/03/2020 *social distancing film club

Katok i skripka, Andrei Tarkovsky

Going through this time of social distancing I decided to have a cinemateque of my own. Spent yesterday making a huge list of all the films I should see either for the first or thousandth time and started today – feeling very blissful ^_^ . Now I can have days of watching film after film where I can also read books about my favorite film people.

– listening to This Time Tomorrow by Kinks as I write this

– it just rained and this feels fuckin fresh. Like the song fills the whole room.

– dance break.

– I’m back.

Tarkovsky’s father was a poet and his mom was a proofreader. You see that all his shots are like poetry themselves. Mise-en-scene tells the story by itself, that’s why everything he makes is like a filmmaking lesson in itself.

Color communication: emphasis on red. Symbol of communism itself but makes its carrier (the characters or the objects) center of attention, signifies being extraordinary. The buildings (background) are in tones of grey and very light sepia. Costumes of people and workers are in shades of grey. However, the little boy’s notesheet bag is red, the apple he brings to the exam which his friend eats while he was not there is red, shirt of the main worker man is red – he wears it inside his worker uniform, it is like a sign of rebellion. The steamroller is red. Woman who fancies him has a red headscarf. When the boy goes to the cinema he puts on a bright red shirt. Reminds me of Le Ballon Rouge (1956) by Albert Lamorisse in that sense. AND La Double Vie de Veronique (1991).

Mirrors mirrors. Started emphasizing already.

Here are the shots I loved.

The opening.

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We see that he looks at the world differently.

The apple.

Grey. Grey. Grey. Red. Grey. Red. Grey. Grey.

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Mirrors and Time.


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