Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) was a Russian director born from the Soviet school of cinematography. He rejected the idea that a film is created through editing in time, and formed his distinct style through long, ponderous takes and the slow introduction of surreal elements into the visual palette. Tarkovsky earned great respect among his international peers, such as Ingmar Bergman, who considered his style one of the few originals in cinema.
Because Tarkovsky's work was made possible in part due to the Soviet government, many of his films are legally available for free online. Andrew and Kyle start with the productions of his student career, through the international success of Solaris, and to his last film The Sacrifice.