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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of whom does Tarkovsky write, "wasn't trying to convey his own experience to anyone, he wanted to put across ideas, purely and simply"?

2. Of which French film director does Tarkovsky write of his admiration for concentration?

3. Who had played the lead in all of Tarkovsky's films prior to The Sacrifice?

4. Who was the star of the film, Mirror?

5. Tarkovsky claims in Chapter IX that he got the idea for The Sacrifice long before what film?

Short Essay Questions

1. Due to the state that cinema is in, what struggles does the artist face as filmmaker? What does Tarkovsky suggest he focus on?

2. Describe Tarkovsky's film, Nostalgia. Where and when was it filmed?

3. What makes the cinema different than other art forms, according to Tarkovsky?

4. What does Tarkovsky mean by "immediate" art forms in Chapter VII?

5. Tarkovsky describes the filmmaker's responsibility to share his story in Chapter VII. What does he say?

6. What percentage of an audience is there for entertainment, according to Tarkovsky? Who must the director play to?

7. When was, The Sacrifice, conceived of? What drew Tarkovsky to this story?

8. What painting of Leonardo Da Vinci's does Tarkovsky discuss in Chapter V? What remarks does he make on the painting?

9. What conclusion does Tarkovsky find at the end of Chapter IX regarding mankind's condition?

10. What Japanese form of art does Tarkovsky repeatedly compare cinema to? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Tarkovsky's view of the relationship between artist and audience. How does Tarkovsky feel the director should view the audience? What credit does he give them? How do other directors differ in this regard?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Tarkovsky's film, The Mirror. Who is the central character? What is the plot? What stylistic elements are notable in this film?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the film, Andrey Rublyov. When was it produced? What is the subject of the film? What is the setting? Who are the principle characters?

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