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The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i Skripka) (The Skating Rink and the Violin)

The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i Skripka) (The Skating Rink and the Violin) (1962)


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Katok i Skripka (The Steamroller and the Violin) was the last short Andrei Tarkovsky directed before moving on to his first feature. The film tells a very simply story of friendship between an artistic, sensitive seven-year-old violinist named Sasha and a physical, blue-collar steamroller operator. They befriend each other after Sasha is threatened by some ruffians, spend the day together, and alter each other's perceptions of life. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Aug 27, 2002

Artkino Pictures

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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Young Mr. Tartovsky has side-stepped all the visual detours and pitfalls of the standard experimental vignette.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The titular objects become poetic talismans in Andrei Tarkovsky's hypersensitive thesis short

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

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.

October 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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1960's The Steamroller and the Violin was Andrei Tarkovsky's thesis film at the Soviet State Film School.

August 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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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.

July 30, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i Skripka) (The Skating Rink and the Violin)

Impressive short film by Andrei Tarkovsky, this is for me anyways an experiment in the way that he would tackle his later work. The film for what it is quite good, but it's not as great as Tarkovsky's later, more elaborate work. This is a good short film nonetheless, but compared to the director's more impressive theatrical features, this one just leaves a bit to be desired. I did enjoy the film for what it was, and it should be seen by Andrei Tarkovsky's completists for what it represents in his career. However like I said, he would later make far superior films later on, but here we do get a glimpse into how he would craft a film using simple ideas and would be able to grab your attention by its visual impact. This wasn't Tarkovsky's first short film, but it was a short that was quite different than what we've seen from beforehand. For what it is, it's a good short film, and it does show the director's talents in telling a good story with basic elements. Worth seeing if you're a Tarkovsky fan.
July 1, 2014
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