Andrei Tarkovsky archive could see $160,000 at Sotheby's

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2015-06-26 13:03:01

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Andrei Tarkovsky archive could see $160,000 at Sotheby's

An archive from legendary filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky will sell on November 28

An important "working archive" of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's theoretical writings, letters and photographs is to appear at Sotheby's November 28 auction in London.

Andrei Tarkovsky film archive auctionTarkovsky's surreal films were banned under the Soviet Union

Tarkovsky (1932-1986) was the most important Russian film director of the 20th century, making surreal films that Sotheby's states "marked a turning point in the history of world cinematography". The auction willbe the first time any of his items have been offered for sale.

Tarkovsky's filmsoften receive critical acclaim, with the Guardian newspaper calling his Andrei Rublev the best arthouse film of all time, and the British Film Institute including three of his works in its 50 greatest films list.

The archive spans 1967-1986, and sheds new light onthe director's workingprocesses as well as his personal life. It has been consigned by Olga Surkova, Tarkovsky's pupil and the co-author of Sculpting in Time, the book in which the director explains his theories on cinema.

Included are printed director's books for several of Tarkovsky's films, which would have been produced in very small quantities and are "almost certainly" the only extant copies. These books reveal each shot and camera position of the films, which are often drastically different to the final version.

One of the archive's most fascinating items is a draft letter that Tarkovsky sent to President Leonid Brezhnev after his films had been banned in the USSR, explaining his right to work in the country. Predictably, Tarkovsky's letter was largely ignored and in 1984 he left the Soviet Union, never to return.

The collection contains several thousand manuscripts, personal photographs and audio tapes, and is expected to realise 80,000-100,000 ($128,000-160,000).

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