Which film by Tarkovsky do you like and value most?
I cannot answer this question. For me cinema is not a solution, it is a process. For example, while watching a film I am satisfied with only certain portion of it, and the degree of this satisfaction varies. Before I begin evaluating artistic merits I check whether the craftsmanship is good, I evaluate as a cameraman. Before anything else I feel responsible for the photography. I cannot sleep while the film is being processed in the lab. It’s difficult for me to say which of Tarkovsky’s films I like most. Those, however, which I photographed are a unique experience of my life. While studying at the VGIK I only had an illusion of taking part in artistic creation. Thanks to his films I became a real cameraman and I understood what true creation was.
- Vadim Yusov (20 April 1929 – 23 August 2013), cinematographer of The Steamroller and the Violin, Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Rublev, and Solaris.