Ralph Breaks the Internet
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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.
An accessible minor work that reacts strongly against bullying children.
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.
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.
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.
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