Soviet Film Wednesday: The Sounds of Tarkovsky

The Sounds of Tarkovsky

The independent film streaming service Fandor has put together a mesmerizing compilation of audio moments from Andrei Tarkovsky films, showing how the director emphasizes particular sounds as one of his many creative film-making techniques. The films shown in this two minute collage are The Steamroller and the Violin (1961), Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1975), and Stalker (1979).

“The Sounds of Tarkovsky” was posted with this description: “The fire crackles differently from film to film, the wind sometimes howls, sometimes hoots, the Earth is trod upon and the water washes it clean.”

Tarkovsky films are often hard to find, but viewers can now stream Nostalghia (1983) and The Sacrifice (1986) on Fandor.