Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does Tarkovsky define "the artist" as in the text? What is the artist's chief weapon and goal?

The artist, as embodied in the film director, translates his unique vision of the world and his individuality onto the cinema screen. The chief weapon in his employ is rhythm over time. The artist is imbued with a unique rhythm, a perspective on the world, and this mark is made upon each element of the film, from set design to dialogue to shot selection and editing.

2. What does Tarkovsky assert of modern man in his Introduction to the text?

According to Tarkovsky, modern man has lost a sense of spirituality. Modern man is at the edge of history, at the end of a large historical cycle in which leaders, which Tarkovsky chidingly calls great inquisitors, have promised modern man all manner of easy solutions and material comforts.

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