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 19, 1962 Wide
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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.
Young Mr. Tartovsky has side-stepped all the visual detours and pitfalls of the standard experimental vignette.
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.
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.
The titular objects become poetic talismans in Andrei Tarkovsky's hypersensitive thesis short
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.
1960's The Steamroller and the Violin was Andrei Tarkovsky's thesis film at the Soviet State Film School.
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