1983, Kino Intl., 125 min, Italy/Soviet Union, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky

Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s first film outside the Soviet Union was shot in Italy, where Russian writer Andrei Gorchakov (Oleg Yankovsky) has traveled to research an 18th-century composer. Though the interpreter (Domiziana Giordano) accompanying him is quite charming, Andrei is stricken with homesickness, until he meets an eccentric (Erland Josephson) who challenges him to save the world. This haunting, visually poetic film garnered several awards at Cannes (though Soviet authorities reportedly prevented it from winning the Palme d’Or). In Italian and Russian with English subtitles.

1969, Janus Films, 205 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky

Inspired by the life and works of 15th-century poet and icon painter Andrei Rublev, Tarkovsky frames his exploration of the role of a creator in society in a religious setting: An artist is only a servant offering his talent to his community and to God. Starring Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko and Nicolai Sergeyev, this classic film is a powerful statement about the importance of maintaining artistic independence when originality is under siege. In Russian, Italian and Tatar with English subtitles.

1975, Kino Intl., 108 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky

Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s autobiographical approach to cinema finds voice here as he shows us the second great war in Europe, the evacuation from Moscow and the separation of a couple - all things the filmmaker experienced himself and, in 1974, was ready to share with his public. With Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Larisa Tarkovskaya and Alla Demidova. In Russian and Spanish with English subtitles.

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