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The Sacrifice (Blu-Ray) (1986)

Cast: Erland Josephson, Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, more...
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Tarkovsky
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Studio: Kino on Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Scandinavia, HD (High Def)
Languages: Russian
Subtitles: English

Synopses
The Sacrifice (Blu-Ray) (1986)
The Sacrifice, director Andrei Tarkovsky's final film, begins in Bergmanesque fashion on a small, remote island, where friends and family gather for drama critic Alexander's (Erland Josephson) birthday celebration. The revelry is interrupted by a radio announcement: World War III has begun, and Mankind is only hours away from utter annihilation. Each of the guests reacts differently to the news: the most dramatic response is Alexander's, who promises God that he'll give up everything he holds dear--including his beloved 6-year-old son -- if war is averted. Allan Edwall, a local mailman with purported mystical powers, offers to intervene with the Creator on Josephson's behalf. The Sacrifice is so dependent upon its visuals and overall mood that any attempt at a detailed synopsis would be woefully inadequate. The willingness of Tarkovsky's protagonist to forego all his possessions may well have sprung from the cancer-ridden director's awareness that he, too, would soon be giving up everything to face his Maker. The Sacrifice won four awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Grand Prix. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

The Sacrifice (Blu-Ray) (Bonus Disc) (1986)
Featured in this special 2-disc set is Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, a film by Michal Leszczylowski, who was the editor of The Sacrifice. During his collaboration with Tarkovsky, their relationship grew into an enduring friendship. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky is a making-of documentary and an homage in one film, a fluid and captivating work that presents both the brooding and the playful sides of a genius.

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