Mirror is the celebrated Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s most autobiographical work in which he reflects upon his own childhood and the destiny of the Russian people.
The film’s many layers intertwine real life and family relationships – Tarkovsky’s father, the poet Arseny Tarkovsky reads his own poems on the soundtrack and Tarkovsky’s mother appears as herself – with memories of childhood, dreams and nightmares.
From the opening sequence of a boy being cured of a stammer by hypnotism, to a scene in a printing works which encapsulates the Stalinist era, Mirror has an extraordinary resonance and repays countless viewings. –Artificial Eye
One of the most important artists of the second half of the twentieth century, Tarkovsky was one of the few unqualified masters in the history of film. While he certainly wasn’t the only great director of his generation of Soviet filmmakers, he was, like Eisenstein was to an earlier generation, its most renowned and most influential.
The son of artists- actress Maria Ivanovna and poet Arseni Tarkovski— he studied both Arabic and geology before turning to film. He enrolled at VGIK in 1959, directed the acclaimed short The Steamroller and the Violin in 1960 and won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival for his first feature, Ivan’s Childhood, in 1962. By the time he completed his second feature, Andrei Rublev, he was regarded by many as “a poet of the cinema” – and by the Soviet censors as dangerously esoteric. Unreleased in the Soviet Union until 1971 (and then only in a truncated version), Andrei Rublev was seen first at international festivals and widely… read more
There's something alluring and mystifying even in the simplicity of this film. I can't truly say yet, after one viewing, that I understand every frame, it's autobiographical context, it's socio-political context or it's meaning (or lack thereof, as it may be in the case of this film), but I can for sure say that something is stopping me from giving it any less than a five. "Beauty" doesn't quite cover it.
"And i can't wait to see this dream in which ill be a child again and feel happy again because everything will still be ahead, everything will be possible..."
On the occasion of what would have been Andrei Tarkovsky’s 80th birthday, Adrian Curry looks back on the best posters for his films.
“Sight and Sound”, the official journal of the British Film Institute, conducts two polls for 10 best films ever made—one for top film critics and one for major film directors. Andrei Tarkovsky’s… read review
Andrei Tarkovsky’s most personal film, Mirror is a partially autobiographical account of Russian life from the 30s until the 70s, when the film was made. The three periods of pre-wartime, wartime and… read review
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Shifting between black-and-white and color at will, Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror left me be bewildered, stunned by the poetry of its images but… read review