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  • 14.1 : 2005 : PDF: Brakhage’s Tarkovsky and Tarkovsky’s Brakhage: Collectivity, Subjectivity, and the Dream of Cinema by Jerry White
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    Brakhage’s Tarkovsky and Tarkovsky’s Brakhage: Collectivity, Subjectivity, and the Dream of Cinema

    by Jerry White

    Abstract: Despite their obvious differences, the films of Stan Brakhage and Andrei Tarkovsky exhibit significant similarities in both form and subject matter. Brakhage’s homage to Tarkovksy at the 1983 Telluride Film Festival, in which he proposed that a great film artist must tell the tales of the tribe, must keep it personal, and must do the dream work, gives the argument of this essay its shape. J. Hoberman’s comparison of Brakhage and Tarkovsky––to the effect that both re-invent film language, both are surrealists, both are religiously-minded national shamans, and both tend towards the solipsistic––also informs the argument that these two filmmakers have more in common than previous criticism of their work would suggest.

    Résumé: Malgré leurs différences évidentes, les films de Stan Brakhage et Andrei Tarkovsky présentent d’importantes similitudes tant formelles que thématiques. Notre article tire son argument de l’hommage que Brakhage rendait à Tarkovsky au Festival du film de Telluride en 1983, dans lequel il affirmait que le grand artiste de cinéma doit raconter les histoires de sa tribu, tout en demeurant personnel et en travaillant un matériau onirique. Notre hypothèse, selon laquelle ces cinéastes ont plus en commun que les critiques ne l’ont généralement reconnu, s’inspire aussi de la suggestion de J.Hoberman que Brakhage et Tarkovsky sont tous deux des surréalistes qui réinventent le langage cinématographique, des shamans nationaux à tendances religieuses et solipsistes.

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