Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) firmly positioned himself as the finest Soviet director of the post-War period. But his influence extended well beyond the Soviet Union. The Cahiers du cinéma consistently ranked his films on their top ten annual lists. Ingmar Bergman went so far as to say, “Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” And Akira Kurosawa acknowledged his influence too, adding, “I love all of Tarkovsky’s films. I love his personality and all his works. Every cut from his films is a marvelous image in itself.”
Shot between 1962 and 1986, Tarkovsky’s seven feature films often grapple with metaphysical and spiritual themes, using a distinctive cinematic style. Long takes, slow pacing and metaphorical imagery – they all figure into the archetypical Tarkovsky film. (Watch the scene from Stalker above.)
You can now watch Tarkovsky’s films online – for free. Each film is listed in our collection of Free Online Movies, but here you can access each major film in the order in which they were made. Most all of the films below were placed online by Mosfilm, the largest and oldest studion in Russia.
NOTE: if you access the films via YouTube, be sure to click “CC” at the bottom of the videos to access the subtitles.
- Ivan’s Childhood – Web – Buy DVD (1962)
- Andrei Rublev- Part 1 – Part 2 – Buy DVD (1966)
- Solaris - Part 1 - Part 2 - Buy DVD (1972)
- The Mirror - Web – Buy DVD (1975)
- Stalker - Part 1 – Part 2 - Buy DVD (1979)
- Nostalghia - Part 1 - Part 2 – Part 3 - Buy DVD (1983)
- Three Student Films by Tarkovsky – Web
- The Killers, 1956
- There Will Be No Leave Today, 1958
- The Steamroller and the Violin, 1960