Andrei Tarkovsky

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On the set of Solaris.

All my films were made against the desires of the audience because they aim at truth and beauty rather than the spectator’s satisfaction. […] [These days] producers just want to make money, they are like drug peddlers.

~ Andrei Tarkovksy, who would have been 80 years old yesterday, on the 4th of April.

It should also be noted that Tarkovsky shot Stalker at an abandoned hydroelectric power plant in Estonia. Tarkovsky, his wife Larissa, and the film’s star, Anatoly Solonitsyn, all died of cancer, perhaps due to contamination, within a decade of the film’s release.