- Feb. 27, 2014
-- In the Soviet Union, the fate of an artist was largely determined by his relationship with the ruling power. An artist, who was never able to effectively flirt with the governing enigma, thus condemning himself and his genius to the role of an outsider, and wasting his talent in fruitless battles with the regime. Standing distant from ideological rebellion, devoted to his country without any dissident plotting, Andrei Tarkovsky, however, virtually became a foreign object, forced to seek refuge abroad.
In the Soviet Union, however, Tarkovsky was a persona non grata
. Sniffing out his outsider inclinations, the authorities did everything they could to reject his works, excommunicate and annihilate him. He respected his home country, accepting it with all its drawbacks of full-fledged socialism, with its idiocies, cruelty, hypocrisy and hostility. He wanted to be “understood by his own country”, embraced and rewarded by it. However, being far from political and social engagement, lacking an understanding of the backstage workings of the world of cinema, Tarkovsky suffered failure after failure.
The documentary novel Andrei Tarkovsky
: A Life on the Cross
provides a unique insight into the life of the famous film director and a man whose life was by no means free of unedifying behaviour and errors of judgement. Accompanied with profound comments on history and cinema, A Life on the Cross
offers an opportunity to experience Tarkovsky when he was modelling his masterpieces, seeking resolutions to his artistic dilemmas and overcoming obstacles put out by the Soviet regime. Lyudmila Boyadzhieva sets out to reveal his innate talent, and explain why the cost of such talent can sometimes be life itself.
Lyudmila Boyadzhieva is an outstanding Russian documentary writer. Her novels, novellas and short stories first began appearing in print nearly two decades ago under various pen names. Her works are a synthesis of various genres, striking combinations of suspense, adventure and love stories. Boyadzhieva’
s work on Andrey Tarkovsky is one of the latest in her series of documentary novels examining the lives of outstanding figures from Russia and elsewhere, such as Max Reinhardt, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Mikhail Bulgakov, Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova.