The Mirror (1975) dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

(Зеркало / Zerkalo): A dying man reflects on his past, his life and memories – his childhood, the war and his relationship with his mother and wife. Widely considered as one of cinema’s greatest achievements and Andrei Tarkovsky‘s Magnum opus.
Incorporates a unique non-linear narrative with poetry written by the director’s father. Heavily autobiographical content. Emotional, poetic and surreal imagery – splendid and graceful cinematography Georgi Rerberg.
Deals with many of the themes prominent in Tarkovsky’s work. Uses long takes and an unorthodox, almost plotless structure.
According to film critic Howard Hampton, the work’s central subject is “the inescapable persistence of the past.”
In his book, Sculpting In Time, Tarkovsky mentions that this is the film that had the greatest impact on his audience – a response much louder than that of his other films. He received hundreds of letters from viewers, expressing how they were moved by the imagery and that the film had a profound effect on them.

The Mirror Cast: Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Larisa Tarkovskaya, Alla Demidova, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Tamara Ogorodnikova


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