"…Tarkovsky gave me one of the best and most unforgettable experiences in my life and in cinema. Late in the day, in 1971, I was watching a film with Kjell Grede (a Swedish filmmaker) in a screening room from SF. Afterwards we took a look at the screening booth where a number of film cases were lying. ‘What’s that?’ I asked the projectionist. ‘Some fucking Russian film.’ And then I saw Tarkovsky’s name and told Grede: ‘Listen, I read something about this picture. We have to watch it and see what it’s all about.’ We then bribed the projectionist so that he would show it to us … And it was Andrei Rublev. And so, at about 2:30 a.m., we both came out of the screening room with gaunt eyes, wobbly, completely moved, enthusiastic, and shaken. I will never forget it. What was remarkable is that there were no Swedish subtitles! We didn’t understand one word of dialogue, but we were nonetheless overwhelmed. Tarkovsky made another film that I like a lot, The Mirror.” — Ingmar Bergman, 2002

Anatoly SolonitsynAugust 30, 1934 — June 11, 1982

"As a rule I never know in advance what actors I shall use—with the one exception of Solonitsyn; he was in all my films, and I had an almost superstitious regard for him. The script of Nostalghia was written with him in mind, and it seems symbolic that the actor’s death as it were cut my life in two: the first part in Russia, the rest—all that has happened and will happen since I left Russia.” — Andrei Tarkovsky

Anatoly Solonitsyn
August 30, 1934 — June 11, 1982

"As a rule I never know in advance what actors I shall use—with the one exception of Solonitsyn; he was in all my films, and I had an almost superstitious regard for him. The script of Nostalghia was written with him in mind, and it seems symbolic that the actor’s death as it were cut my life in two: the first part in Russia, the rest—all that has happened and will happen since I left Russia.” — Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Rublev // dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Rublev // dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

On the set of Andrei Rublev.

On the set of Andrei Rublev.

Anatoly Solonitsyn and Andrei Tarkovsky on the set of Andrei Rublev.

Anatoly Solonitsyn and Andrei Tarkovsky on the set of Andrei Rublev.