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Language tr
Journal Section Features

Orcid: 0000-0003-4276-1521
Author: Mikail BOZ

Dates Publication Date : October 30, 2019

Memory, an important topic in current cinematic research, and associated phenomena, such as remembering and forgetting, are key concepts as individuals and societies try to make sense of themselves and their history. Memory in the form of nostalgia was described by Johannes Hofer in 1688 as the disease of soldiers longing for home. In the years following, nostalgia has become a broader concept that defines the divergence of time-space in which people live. Nostalgia, arising from discomfort and fear in the present, has become a commodity of the past, and it occupies an important place in art and everyday life. This study examines the film Nostalgia, directed in 1983 by Andrey Tarkovsky, a major figure in contemporary Russian cinema. It analyzes the main characters in the film, Andrei, Eugenie, Domenico, and Sosnovky, using the methodology of descriptive quantitative research within the concept of remembering, forgetting, memory, and the time-space of nostalgia. By these means, it is seen that nostalgic imagination tries to offer a solution to individual and social problems by reversing history and focusing on an idealized past.

Andrey Tarkovsky, Nostalgia, Russian cinema, remembering, forgetting, memory, nostalgia