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The Mirror (1974)

Cast: Margarita Terekhova, Margarita Terekhova, Anatoli Solonitsin, more...
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Tarkovsky
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Kino
Genre: Foreign, Russia, Experimental/Avant-Garde
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: Russian
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
The award-winning director Andrei Tarkovsky, (one of his better known films is Andrei Rublev), the son of a famous Russian poet, was born in 1935 and grew up in and around Moscow during the Second World War. This non-linear autobiographical film is considered by many Russian-speakers to be his best film and is his most personal meditation on time, history and the Russian countryside. In a series of episodes and images, he captures the mood and feeling of the period just before, during and after the war. Lyrical reminiscences of his mother and of his father's poetry figure large in the film, along with extraordinary images of nature. Combining black-and-white and color work, with some unusual documentary footage, this highly regarded movie is structured with the logic of a dream. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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Sculpting in Time by frontera000 February 3, 2006 - 9:31 AM PST
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1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Take any moment in this film and view it as a still. Each snapshot becomes a beautiful photograph. These images connected together by time and movement of the panning camera are accompanied by poetry of Andrei Tarkovsky's father. It starts with "What is your name" and ends with a house in the forest. Is that the same house at the end of Solaris? Is the forest another world in our collective memories? This is a film that demands repeats. Not merely as aesthetic or academic exercises. You do it because it makes you believe in life. There are no mixed messages. It opens all of the things and lets you have all of the things.

Fantastic cinematography and vision, strange movie by crazyjohn June 24, 2004 - 6:53 AM PDT
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4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This movie is not for those who like a solid plot. Tarkovsky was quoted as saying that the more movies he makes, the less he feels that they need a plot. His vision is interesting and quite unique (and way ahead of his day, especially in communist Russia).

However, one must realize that this movie is not a norm in any sense of the word. The unusual character development (through a disjointed storyline) makes this movie difficult to follow.

If you want something less surreal and more linear, I'd suggest Nostalgia or Solaris (not the George Clooney one, the original). Both still carry his style, but tell a more direct story.

The Mirror by JPielaszczyk March 25, 2003 - 5:20 PM PST
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9 out of 9 members found this review helpful
Like a taste of 1998 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon that continues to finish hours after having been drunk The Mirror continues unfurling--days after a double viewing--in my memory in the pauses between in- and outbreaths, in the minutes before falling asleep. Flowing and falling, and realizing it and falling for it. Suzuki Roshi paraphrase: Life is going to sea in a boat which sinks. An optic nerve on the carotid artery of Life. Tarkovsky's father's voice equal parts of Dylan Thomas's, Yevgeny Yevtushenko's, and the imagined sound of Walt Whitman's. Anthony Lane (The New Yorker's film writer) paraphrase: those not able to fall for a film's characters probably shouldn't write film reviews. The scene with the visitor directing the boy to read a letter from Pushkin, the message of the letter itself, and the condensation leaving the tea-cupped, vacated table is worth the rental itself.

One of my all-time top viewings.

Caveat: not for those who insist on linear, coherent narratives, which brings to mind a continuum with films as music on one extreme and films as novels on the other. The meter for The Mirror is pegged to the former.




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