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  Wednesday, December 16, 2020

We are saddened to note the recent passing of Alexander Gordon, husband of Marina Tarkovsky, Andrei's brother-in-law, as well as Sven Wollter, the urbane Victor in The Sacrifice, as well as a dear friend of our site, Tarkovsky scholar Robert Bird.

  Friday, September 27, 2019

There will be a Tarkovsky retrospective held in Chicago next month. It will run Sundays, October 6 to December 8, 2019 at Doc Films, The University of Chicago, U.S.A. The retrospective is titled The Man Who Saw the Angel: Andrei Tarkovsky, and the programme is found here. Thanks to programmer (and longtime Nostalghia.com visitor), Brian VandenBos, for the heads-up.

Selected excerpts from Tarkovsky's Diaries have been published in the Kachhi language, spoken in Western India. The printed book was published in 2007 and its e-book version was released in 2014. You may access it here. Many thanks to the translator, Manilal Gala, for letting us know. Kachhi title is Kar mInjoto Kar. Publisher is Vadhod, 86 pages.

  Thursday, February 7, 2019

Soviet composer Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Ovchinnikov died in Moscow on the 4th of February 2019, as reported by Kino Art (article in Russian). He was 82 years old. The article says, in part, "On the 4th of February 2019 in Moscow the soviet composer Viacheslav Ovchinnikov passed away. He was 82 years old. Ovchinnikov created music for the outstanding soviet films of 1960s and 1970s. He wrote the music for the first film by Andrei Tarkovsky The Steamroller and the Violin, and then for Ivan's Childhood and Andrei Rublev. He also worked with Sergei Bondarchuk (War and Peace, They Fought for Their Motherland), Gennady Shpalikov (the only Shpalikov film, A Long and Happy Life), Andrei Konchalovsky (early short The Boy and the Dove, then the feature films The First Teacher and Nest of Gentlefolk). The film scholar Vyacheslav Shmyrow wrote about him: "It would suffice to say that only being a student of Moscow conservatory he won the fantastic casting — the right to make music for Bondarchuk's 8 hour epic War And Peace (there still would come Step and They Fought for Their Motherland. [...]. There she is, Russia, one forgotten genius more, one less... Today is still one more less." (Excuse the hasty translation).

Thanks to Alex Asp for the tip.

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