If you come as lightly
As threading dew
I will take you gladly
Nor ask more of you.
You may sit beside me
Silent as a breath
Only those who stay dead
Shall remember death.
And if you come I will be silent
Nor speak harsh words to you.
I will not ask you why, now.
Or how, or what you do.
We shall sit here, softly
Beneath two different years
And the rich earth between us
Shall drink our tears.
It is very difficult to decide , because all of his movies carrie something very deep that keeps me a long time under the impression. In the first two movies we see elements that will be the main feature in the following ones which will separate Tarkovsky and his filmography from the other directors and their works. And this quality of work is still unbeatable for me. All what we feel like surreal and fantastic in his movies ( the scenes of dream and reality , consciousness and subconsciousness , interchangeability of coloric and non-coloric scenes) is his method to show us what is deep and realistic in man.
For me Stalker gives us the essentially question-about the tangibility of what we truly want , about the courage that is required to give ourselves for something that could change our lives but it can’t be proved by our mind. So it’s the question about strenght of human faith in this time where we live now and where both art and science are forcing the human mind, ego, thoughts, facts, proves.
Mirror remains as one of the most poetical autobiography movie, and although it seems confusing and illogical, it is actually realistic representation of human dreams and the subconscious shown through the set of important scenes from the life of a dying man. The poetry gives the significant effects to the movie, because all the time director is looking through the eyes of a poet ( in this case his father ) that, I guess, can’t leave you indifferent.
Besides of big dose of simbolysm, I like the concept of female character in Nostalghia - translator Eugenia who demonstrates the weakness of women as more emocional and observant being, and she is the image of a woman who is unfulfilled and unhappy and who expects some support and understanding from the other, from man.
Tarkovsky always gives us the accent on magic of nature (playing with her elements) and he’s pushing away materialistic world we are living today. It is the most swiped through the film The Sacrifice.
And the most spiritual for me is Solaris , which depicts a man’s wonderful connection with the universe, energy or divinity through his thoughts.
So it is difficult to say that just one is the best, because for me each of them are very important and struck me in a sort of way. Through movies he’s presenting not society, but the man as a human being with all its fears, hopes, aspirations and pains. And these works always bring me life back and remind me of all things that are within us and which are often forgotten through the daily life.