Funny enough, Tarkovsky’s hero in his last opus, Offret / Sacrifice (1985) ends up in a van that takes him to hospital after he has set his house on fire. But then, this (almost) Bergmanesque movie does not finish before the main character’s son performs his duty with religiosity: observing his father’s ‘canon’, the young boy waters a withered tree until it miraculously comes to life again. Then he rests under the tree and says: “’In the beginning was the Word' ... Why is that, Papa?" Thus, Tarkovsky’s light and beauty prevailed upon “the heart of darkness” and the meanders of this age. Because “beauty can save the world” (said Dostoevsky), and the director of Andrei Roublev lived by this adage. Until his last breath.
Thursday, 10 July 2008
This incident reminds me of a funny short movie (a kind of a studio – rather than live - stand up comedy), called Mephisto, starring Toma Caragiu - the great Romanian actor who died during the 1977 earthquake. At the end of his part he tells us about a football match between Heaven and Hell. Of course, the best players are in Heaven’s team – he says. But the referees …For the time being, in most of day to day matters, it is the referee who rules. I’m afraid that, in yesterday’s assembly of BOR, the dice had long been cast. Only a naïve person could wait for whatever ecclesiastical law to do justice. Wonderful verses from the Bible were soon found to support the judges' sentence, as – they say – God wants the sinner’s repentance, not his punishment and death. The other team (the ultra-Orthodox hardliners) claim that heresy and sin brings its own reward, therefore the two bishops must be excommunicated. In fact, they say, by what they did, they excommunicated themselves anyway. On the other hand, when there are no star bishops to be defended (as it happened recently), the clergy do overcharge ordinary communicants with canons, rules, bribes, and punishments. So, it all depends on what and who is at stake. The truth and the execution of the law (however vital) can wait…