|DIRECTOR, FILM WRITER, ACTOR (SOVIET UNION)|
BORN 4 Mar 1932, Zavrazhe, Ivanono - DIED 28 Dec 1986, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Ste.-Geneviève-des-Bois, Essone: Cimetière Russe (Tomb 7255, plan III)
Andrei Tartovsky was the son of the poet Arseny Tartovsky. He studied Music and Arabic in Mocow and studied at the VGIK fil school under Mikhail Romm.
He worked as a geologist in Siberia but his movies made him famous. He won the top prize of the festival in Venice with "Ivanovo detstvo". His "Andrei Rublyov" (1969) was suppressed by the Soviet authorities until 1971. His movie "Stalker" (1979) was acidentally destroyed in a laboratory and he had to shoot in again on a low budget. From 1960 until 1963 he was married to the actress Irma Rausch (b.1938). In 1964 he married Larisa Tarkovskya.
Allthough he was able to make non commercial movies in the Soviet Union that he could never hade made in Western countries he felt that he wasn't able to realize all his projects and after he shot "Nostalghia" in Italy in 1983 he didn't return to Russia.
He was able to make only one more movie, "Offret" ("The Sacrifice"), before he died of lung cancer in Paris. "Offret" won several prizes at Cannes in 1986. He was buried at the Russian Cemetery in Ste.-Geneviève-des-Bois, near Paris. His epitaph reads "To the man who saw the Angel" in Russian.