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Tempo di viaggio (Voyage in Time)

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Tempo di viaggio (Voyage in Time)

Voyage in Time (Italian: Tempo di Viaggio) is a 63-minute feature documentary that documents the travels in Italy of director Andrei Tarkovsky in preparation for the making of his film Nostalghia.

Tarkovsky, a Russian, who had often expressed his strong spiritual and emotional connection to Russia through his films, left the country in 1983 never to return.
He came to believe that films should be made in the style of a documentary. However, Tarkovsky's idea of a documentary is in many respects very different from that generally understood by television networks, especially in the Western world. Indeed, the slow and captivating progression of images, places and people in Voyage in Time is profound and artistic, and instead of communicating a political message or presenting a factual account, the short film quietly and with great sensitivity observes the process by which the mind becomes attuned to a new environment in which the person finds his niche. Watching the film feels like walking around a gallery, as one slowly becomes more sensitive to the infinite variety and subtleties of the paintings hanging on the wall and the patterns in the mind of the observer begin to form.

The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.


Language: Russian

Year of Production: 1983

Length: 1:02:00

Country: Italy


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Tempo di viaggio (Voyage in Time) by Russian Films TV is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain 3.0 License.


  • Tonino Guerra Andrei Tarkovsky