I suppose in many ways it is Tarkovsky's most accessible film - it's emotionally accessible and the plot is bluntly straightforward - but it's also his least rewarding work.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The titular objects become poetic talismans in Andrei Tarkovsky's hypersensitive thesis short
Young Mr. Tartovsky has side-stepped all the visual detours and pitfalls of the standard experimental vignette.
1960's The Steamroller and the Violin was Andrei Tarkovsky's thesis film at the Soviet State Film School.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of The Steamroller and the Violin is the exciting feeling of a genius on the brink of realizing his full potential.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tarkovsky's graduation project at the VGIK film school in Moscow offers a key to all the later 'mature' work: it's his clearest statement of frustrated longing for a perfect union with an idealised father-figure.
A perspective of the world as revealed through the observations of the very young is a familiar theme in Soviet cinema, and the creators of this picture have handled it beautifully here.
Though Tarkovsky was wet behind the ears at the time, you can already see evidence of his genius and his obsession with mirrors and reflections.
| Original Score: 3/4