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"The Long Take: Messianic Time in Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia"

Loughlin, Gerard



This article invokes Giorgio Agamben's discussion of messianic time in his 2005 book The Time That Remains in order to explore Andrei Tarkovsky's late film, Nostalghia (1983). Agamben is wandering in a foreign land, as also Tarkovsky; Agamben in Christian theology and Tarkovsky in Italy. In St Paul Agamben finds an event without precedent and the arrival of a time that is time beside itself, an excess of temporality that opens possibility. Tarkovsky similarly defeats mere succession by realizing a screen time that makes time itself present in the duration of the film's long takes. In waiting on the film we wait on that which arrives in our waiting. The film is a kind of prayer, a patience and yearning for the time in which the “time of the end” arrives, transfiguring the present.


Loughlin, G. (2009). "The Long Take: Messianic Time in Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia". Journal for Cultural Research, 13(3-4), 365-379.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009
Journal Journal for Cultural Research
Print ISSN 1479-7585
Electronic ISSN 1740-1666
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3-4
Pages 365-379