Monday, 9 February 2009


According to Tarkovsky, 'art is by nature aristocratic ... we have almost entirely lost sight of the beautiful as a criterion of art: in other words, of the aspiration to express an ideal.' I scratch my head as profoundly over this statement as ever I did over the deeper meaning of Stalker or Mirror. Perhaps it is a problem of translation; perhaps he means something Nietzschean and moral-genealogical by aristocratic; something (paradoxically) visually concrete by ideal.

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