Andrei Tarkovsky Creates a List of His 10 Favorite Films

This is the favorite movies of Andrei Tarkovsky, which he declared during an interview with film critic Leonid Kozlov in April 1972.


  • 8.7/10

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    1954

    Seven Samurai

    A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle w ...

    action

    black and white

    drama

    epic

    golden palm

    melancholy

  • 8.6/10

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    1931

    City Lights

    A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Her family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor.

    black and white

    comedy

    drama

    golden palm

    love story

    melancholy

  • 8.5/10

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    1964

    Woman in the Dunes

    An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.

    art house

    black and white

    erotic

    golden palm

    melancholy

    psychological

  • 8.2/10

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    1957

    Wild Strawberries

    With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not wan ...

    artistic

    black and white

    depression

    drama

    Golden Bear winner (Berlin Film Festival)

    golden palm

  • 8.2/10

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    1953

    Ugetsu

    In the beginning of the springtime in the period of the Japanese Civil Wars of the Sixteenth Century in Lake Biwa in the Province of Omi, the family man farmer and craftsman Genjurô travels to Nagahama to sell his wares and makes a small fortune. His neighbor Tobei that is a fool man dreams on becom ...

    artistic

    black and white

    civil war

    golden palm

    melancholy

    morality

  • 8.1/10

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    1966

    Persona

    A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth ...

    art house

    artistic

    black and white

    golden palm

    melancholy

    psychological

  • 8.1/10

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    1963

    Winter Light

    On a cold winter's Sunday, the pastor of a small rural church (Tomas Ericsson) performs service for a tiny congregation; though he is suffering from a cold and a severe crisis of faith. After the service, he attempts to console a fisherman (Jonas Persson) who is tormented by anxiety, but Tomas can o ...

    black and white

    depression

    golden palm

    life & death

    melancholy

  • 8/10

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    1959

    Nazarin

    Nazarin is a priest, attempting to living a pure and honest life strictly according to Christian principles - but others only show him distrust and hatred, apart from the local prostitute...

    black and white

    controversial

    golden palm

    melancholy

    satirical

  • 8/10

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    1951

    Diary of a Country Priest

    In Ambricourt, an idealistic young Priest (Claude Laydu) arrives to be the local parish priest. He attempts to live a Christ-like life, but his actions are misunderstood. The community of the small town does not accept him, and although having a serious disease in the stomach, the inexperienced and ...

    black and white

    golden palm

    life & death

    melancholy

  • 7.8/10

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    1967

    Mouchette

    Mouchette is a young girl living in the country. Her mother is dying and her father does not take care of her. Mouchette remains silent in the face of the humiliations she undergoes. One night in a wood, she meets Arsene, the village poacher, who thinks he has just killed the local policeman. He tri ...

    golden palm

    life & death

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