Did Tarkovsky Foresee His Own Death?

During the dream sequence scene in Stalker (1979) when the camera moves over the submerged floor in water, while the voice-over is describing the wrath of God/King in an apocalyptic past, the visuals follow in this order: A rock, a syringe, some live fishes, a syringe again, and again, this time two syringes in a metal box, money (coins), God/Angel/Saint (not sure which), a gun, a broken watch/clock (possibly), and finally a calendar/dairy with the date December 28. Andrei Tarkovsky died on Dec 29, 1986, 7 or 8 years later. Could he possibly be referring to the cycle of life and predicting his own death? Watch the clip above to witness this mystery.

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9 thoughts on “Did Tarkovsky Foresee His Own Death?

    1. It’s possible. I wasn’t aware of that. Thank you for the reference, I will look into it. Do watch the video once you are done with your work, you can confirm the same and possibly put some new light on the scene? Cheers πŸ™‚

      1. Haha…you are not alone for sure. I searched for the painting and realised I remember the Ghent Altarpiece from 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die. I’d go back to the shot to see the picture more minutely, but I’m quite sure it is the one since you are quite sanguine. Paintings played such an important role in Tarkovsky’s films. I can recall Bruegel’s Hunters In The Snow in Mirror or even Da Vinci’s Adoration Of The Magi in Sacrifice. Which reminds me I need to revisit Tarkovsky. It’s about time πŸ™‚

      2. Hunters In The Snow is in Solaris as well –
        during the floating scene with Hari – a beautiful shot, so it is in 2 consecutive films. Yep, of course you are right, there are paintings central to almost each film (just thinking off the top of my head not in Ivan’s Childhood but obviously in Rublev, in Solaris, in Stalker, Piero della Francesca’s Madonna del Parto in Nostalgia and Leonardo’s Adoration in Sacrifice (and Ginevra de Benci in Zerkalo).

      3. OK just watched the scene again. You are 100% right. It is most definitely John the Baptist from the Ghent Altarpiece. Bravo!! Thank you Simon πŸ™‚

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