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Russkiy Mir Foundation — Publications — Donatas Banionis: “Culture is above nationality!”

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(About Tarkovsky and Russia)

– Was Tarkovsky difficult to understand? Was it difficult to work with such a renowned filmmaking genius?

– It was difficult. I often thought, “What does he want?” And he didn’t explain anything. He would only say, “No, no, no… that’s not it…” And it was clear what was. It was difficult because I didn’t know how it would turn out. Many people didn’t like the film. At first. I even received a letter in which a woman wrote me: “On behalf of ALL viewers we ask that you not participate in such hackwork as Solaris. Yes, I got such a letter from Russia. But, on the other hand, it was very pleasant at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972.

It was a very complex film. Not the standard sort. Even the author wasn’t very pleased with it. But Tarkovsky wanted to say: look, researchers, you are striving to understand the cosmos, but look at what is happening on earth with the family of this man. That is what needs to be studied, and not the cosmos. That was his idea.

I didn’t always understand what Tarkovsky wanted. Of course, I always did what he said. Prior to shooting the film, I hadn’t seen any of his works. When I was invited to try out for the film, I asked to see Andrei Rublev. The film at that time was banned. They gave me a key and told me to lock myself in the editing room, where I could watch it. I was amazed. I have never seen such great film in my entire life. It has a profound message: there is filth every, horrible things are taking place, and Rublev paints the Trinity. Beauty is the most important thing for the artist. This is what he wanted to say: the Soviet authorities are such filth, but individual rises is above everything. That’s why the film was banned.

Donatas Banionis, Natalia Bondarchuk and Andrei Tarkovsky (left to right) in 1972 at the Cannes Film Festival
Donatas Banionis, Natalia Bondarchuk and Andrei Tarkovsky (left to right) in 1972 at the Cannes Film Festival

– Did you like your role in Solaris?

– Yes. It was difficult, but I understood that it was not a simple, typical role. Either externally or internally. And I thank God and fate for allowing me to be involved in that film. It was included in the book 1001 Films Must-See Films, and my picture is there. This brings me great joy.

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One thing I don’t understand is why everyone says that the RUSSIANS are to blame. Russians themselves were victims. Take Tarkovsky, for example. Today relations between Russia and Lithuania are not very good. I think this is result of those times: the exiles, Siberia, prison, executions… But I have a different perception. I don’t blame Russia. There was a certain order during those times, created on the ideas of Marx and Engels. I don’t want to get involved in the politics. For me, RUSSIANS are those wonderful people with whom I worked, conversed and created films.
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AtomicKaiser Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words and warm welcome! I'll surely continue working on Tarkovsky inspired pieces!
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EPH-SAN1634 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am very glad to know :)
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war4yourmind Featured By Owner Edited Jul 16, 2014
I have only seen two movies by Tarkovsky for sure. Possibly more, that I don't remember now. The first one was Solaris and, in the recent years, Nostalghia. Oh wait, I remember another one: Stalker! (There must be more ; )
The last one based on a book by my favorite SF writers duo, the Strugatskie brothers.

I wish you all the best with the group :)
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EPH-SAN1634 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
3 of the 7 is a good number :D
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war4yourmind Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Didn't even know how many he made, so yeah  :)
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EPH-SAN1634 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess
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