Andrei Tarkovsky: The Elements of Cinema
by Robert Bird.
I am finally making the time to read this very excellent book. Essential reading.
"Bird has benefited from extensive archival research and he illuminates Tarkovsky's career in sharp detail . . . His range of references, from classical Russian literature and philosophy to contemporary video art, is wide and refreshing, often triggering new reactions to films that are in danger of passive veneration . . . this is a richly argued and referenced case for Tarkovsky as heir to the symbolists' quest for spiritual enlightenment." – Sight and Sound