Jul 302013

The Mirror is the strongest film by the great Russian film poet Andrei Tarkovsky. This masterpiece conveys a magical, sometime terrifying childhood, through a series of spoken poems and thoughts illustrated by stunning, memorable images.

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The Mirror is one of those few films that succeeds in being a pure poem of images and sounds, rather than a play or a novel. Its ethereal, intermingled structure evokes the lattice of our own childhood memories.

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The film passes effortlessly between black and white and color, between thoughts and memories, and the camera glides between dreams, daydreams, nightmares and reality.

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The Mirror is constantly painting the invisible. Wind, water and fire are leitmotifs that run through its imagery.

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But even stronger than the elements, the film is imprinted by the luminous presence of the mother played by Margarita Terekhova.

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The cinematography of The Mirror is by Georgi Rerberg.

Watch the 6 minute excerpt from the mirror

Andrei Tarkovsky’s other films include: Andrei Roublev, Nostalghia, The Sacrifice, Stalker and Solaris.

Wikipedia article about Andrei Tarkovsky

Ingmar Bergman reportedly said of his fellow director:

Tarkovsky for me is the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream


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