Farewell to Ulrich Mühe, a talented actor whose excellent lead performance in last year’s Oscar-winning The Lives of Others made me aware of his talent for the first time. He was 54. BBC reports that he had been struggling with stomach cancer. (Thanks to Chattaway for the alert.)

Christianity Today Movies honors Andrei Tarkovsky (who died in 1986) with a tribute by Eric David.

The most revered Russian filmmaker since Sergei Eisenstein, Tarkovsky offers an unabashedly religious worldview, without which, he wrote, “people cease to feel any need for the beautiful or the spiritual, and consume films like bottles of Coca-Cola.”

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