Sunday, March 2, 1997

Reflecting Time

Noren's The Lighted Field & Tarkovsky's The Mirror

San Francisco Art Institute

Andrew Noren’s “The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse” is an ongoing series of films which explore the magical activity of light as reflected through familiar objects and the filmmaker’s personal landscape. Part V, The Lighted Field (1987, 61 min.) is more of a narrative puzzle than the others, seamlessly incorporating pre-existing and recorded material into a celebration of vision and memory. Tarkovsky’s The Mirror (1975) is the director’s mesmerizing tapestry of documentary and autobiographical landscapes inspired by his memories growing up in the war-torn Soviet Union. “For I had made up my mind that in this film, for the first time, I would use the means of cinema to talk of all that was most precious to me, and do so directly, without playing any kind of trick.” (AT)