The mirror

The mirror

DVD - 1974 | Russian
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A collage of haunting images, it creates a psychological portrait of a mythical childhood, apparently that of the director himself.
Audience: Not rated.
Publisher: New York : Kino on Video, 1974.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Mirro
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Alternative Title: Zerkalo [videorecording (DVD)]
Language Note: In Russian with English subtitles.

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Maoisdead
Apr 20, 2017

Andrei Tarkovsky's THE MIRROR (1974) is his most personal and artistically daring film--and to me, ultimately his most moving.
A semi-autobiographical work, it interweaves poems, dramatic scenes, dreams and newsreels to evoke the inner symbolic world of the protagonist, his nostalgia for the past and his troubled relationships with his wife and mother in the present. At the same time it is a meditation on the nature of Russia, from the nation's role as mediator between the East and West to specific historical events such as the Stalinist purges of the mid-to-late 1930s and World War II. Indeed, few works of art say more about the Russian people with such economy.

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TheSandoz
Nov 05, 2015

An amazing film- a journey through history, memory and consciousness.

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1aa
Feb 26, 2015

The narrative is very disjointed. Thematically, the inevitability of destruction, erosion, desuetude and rot is bathetically presented with some striking sequences of imagery.

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jonnybroom
Jan 24, 2014

Many lovely visual effects, but I just couldn't follow the narrative. Abandoned after an hour.

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ms_mustard
Mar 09, 2013

a mixture of poetic images that add up to a life. unexpected sequence and time line, actors playing dual roles.

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mattblais
Jan 25, 2012

When the screen goes dark, one may get the feeling they have watched the greatest film ever made.

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