Zerkalo (The Mirror) (1975)
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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, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Zerkalo (The Mirror)
It is a film that is difficult to adequately describe -- and one I believe is impossible to process in one sitting.
Made in the tradition of Resnais and Bergman, The Mirror, Tarkovsky's personal meditation about his childhood, scandalized Soviet authorities with its self-reflexive tone and poetic visual style.
Cinema as art as cinema as art.
One of Tarkovsky's most impenetrable films, it nonetheless left me staggered and awestruck.
Tarkovsky shoots for the moon and for the most part succeeds in trying to make his personal story also a lesson in political art.
Mirror, a new film by Andrei Tarkovsky, the controversial and unorthodox Soviet director, is delighting, puzzling, disaping serious Muscovite movie enthusiasts.
Audience Reviews for Zerkalo (The Mirror)
Exquisite picture from start to finish, I found myself thoroughly captivated by this picture. Tarkovsky uses images and atmosphere to really tell a compelling story, and he does that so well that you forget that the plot is so simple because what you are watching is very good and well directed. The story is nothing remarkable, but the way that Tarkovsky tackles the subject is absolutely unique. There is no doubt that he is one of cinema's finest filmmakers, because every one of his picture are very well crafted with riveting, engaging storylines and brilliant performances that only helps in defining his work even more. For fans of cinema, The Mirror should be a must see, as it is a superb film that is like watching a journey unfold before your eyes. The power of Tarkovsky's work is more visual than anything, and he is able to make something truly standout just by delivering a film based on striking images that stays with you after the credits roll. His work is somewhat polarizing and with good reason, he is an ambitious talent that always sought to crafts a film that stood out but more so in a visual sense. His pictures tend to be art in a sense, very much like Stanley Kubrick, and he tends to push to envelop in a way that brings out the best in his work. He always used simple ways to tell his stories, yet he always managed to deliver something quite special because his films always dealt with interesting subjects that stood out in the cinematic medium. The Mirror is a terrific drama that is engaging from start to finish, and if you enjoy Andrei Tarkovsky's films, you'll surely love this one as well.More
a gorgeous piece about time and memory, very densely layered. don't think too much is my advice. i prefer it over tarkovsky's other films. tho almost plotless, it's never boringMore
A beautifully poetic and enigmatic Tarkovsky art film. It's either his greatest masterpiece or his greatest head-scratcher. Maybe both. Utterly unforgettable.More
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