Terrance Grace

Photographs of the San Galgano Abbey ruins

These interesting photographs of the San Galgano Abbey ruins, where Tarkovsky shot the final scene of Nostalghia, were submitted to Nostalghia.com by Brooklyn-based writer/director Terrance Grace. He writes:
"I took these in 1986 or 1987 — my memory is a little fuzzy, but I recall that the space was considerably smaller than one might have thought. The arches are maybe 15 feet high. I'm guessing at this point, but the length of the whole inner courtyard was maybe 75-100 feet. I shot these with a wide angle lens, to get a sense of what Andrei Tarkovsky must have done to get that scene. The little altar-like object would have been covered with art directed trees, behind the miniature house."

The final scene from Nostalghia sans art direction. It's amazing what can be accomplished with good old fashioned forced perspective and miniature models.

Angle of the Church ruins in the opposite direction. The "altar" is approximately 2 feet high.

Angle down one of the corridors of arches.

Angle on the entrance to the ruins. This door leads to a beautiful inner sanctum of the Church.

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