The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i Skripka) (The Skating Rink and the Violin) (1962)
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Critic Reviews for The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i Skripka) (The Skating Rink and the Violin)
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
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.
Andrei Tarkovsky's diploma film shows his style and passion for artful film-making at the earliest in his career. Everyone has to start somewhere. 8.5
This semi-touching picture was pretty much meh. It's only 40 minutes long, but you can tell that this is Tarkovsky's first movie. It doesn't possess much of a story so it's kind of hard to get into, but at least it didn't take up too much of my time. [center][img]http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/7605/steamroller4aa.jpg[/img] Also, ever since the 'To Catch a Predator' age came about, I doubt that these kinds of relationships would be able to occur without scorn. Until next time....... [/center]
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