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andrei tarkovskyBack in 1972, world-renowned director Andrei Tarkovsky sat down with film critic Leonid Kozlov around the same time as the release of his 5th feature film Solaris and was asked to share his top ten favorite film. With great intention and thought, the legendary filmmaker jotted down on a piece of paper the films that, sure, he probably enjoyed and learned a lot from, but considering the artist and film philosopher Tarkovsky was, had done more to contribute to the art of cinema as a whole. More »

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TarkovskyRussian director Andrei Tarkovsky was a filmmaker that emphatically put cinema in the realm of art. Some may take that for granted, however history tells us that film theorists were anything but unanimous on the true nature of film — is it a representation of life? Is it art? Is it meant for the betterment of society, or the promotion of ideals? Tarkovsky’s spiritual and poetic stance on cinema as art is not only what makes his work so important, but also what guided him through his filmmaking process. Continue on to hear Tarkovsky speak in several interviews and documentaries about the nature of film from his own perspective. More »

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John CassavetesJohn Cassavetes started his career as an actor, most notably in Rosemary’s Babybut ended up becoming one of the catalysts for independent filmmaking — a director who had his finger on the pulse of artists who wanted to create something outside of the predictability of the studio system. His films didn’t contain big funds, big stars, and big sets, but the absence of these things gave Cassavetes enough space to tell his beautiful stories about the raw human experience, making him a legend in not only independent film, but in all of cinema. Check out a portion of the French documentary Cineaste de notre temps that captures the acclaimed director behind the scenes, talking about working outside of the system. More »