Tarkovsky and Time

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Tarkovsky’s films are extraordinary, I believe, not just because you can freeze frame them at any point and the picture will look like the most beautiful painting but because of the way he plays with time. Time is not necessarily just the mechanical time of the Hoygen’s 17th century clock which still rules our lives but could also be a time more akin to the duration time of the French philosopher Henri Bergson or the ‘out of time’ of Freud’s unconscious time. After all time is vertical as well as horizontal and Tarkovsky was aware that film could effect us by accessing unconscious time, vertical time. In an age where we are obsessed by the singular arch of a story line, Andrei shows us that part of a narrative line could be the relationship between static objects in a window frame.

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