Steamroller and the Violin

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A road worker intervenes when he sees a group of bullies teasing a 7-year-old violin student.

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

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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…
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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…
  • An accessible minor work that reacts strongly against bullying children.

    March 3, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • The titular objects become poetic talismans in Andrei Tarkovsky's hypersensitive thesis short

    April 2, 2010 | Full Review…

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

  • Jul 01, 2014
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2010
    It's just beautiful. The first Tarkovsky's movie that I can finally enjoy.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2008
    worth watching if you're a Tarkovsky fan to see some his recurring themes & ideas in their nascent stages.
    chase _ Super Reviewer

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