✺ as always,Tarkovsky seems to be the master of the “back-of-someone’s-head shot” ✺ great sound design – very weather heavy (it really emphasizes the memory aspect of this movie) ✺ someone once told me that men who’s fathers have either left them or died at a young age tend to dream in black & white– that being said, The Mirror‘s fatherless boy dreams B&W style ✺
The trick to watching this masterpiece is to pretend you are dreaming and definitely do not try to make sense of it or even pay any attention to the subtitles, they take away from the visuals, which is all you need. Stream-of-consciousness...
3.25 - The final 40 minutes, what a sensual dream <3
''...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...''
Childhood memory and the memory of the past generations glued together. The film is a look back in time and sad realization that children reflect destiny of fathers, as in a mirror. Destinies reflected one in another.
a singular memory as a collective one. i feel like this movie has some kind of liquid texture that allows you to dive in and enjoy an experience; feel those memories and dreams as your own, feel like it is your story that's being told.
Having just seen it on the big screen, The Mirror remains the one Tarkovsky film whose masterpiece status I'm not sold on. The psychodrama seems too obvious, the meditations too private, and the main arc a much less robust version of what Fellini/Bergman had done over a decade earlier, if a wilder sensory trip. But there's at least 4 stars worth of brilliant pieces, including perhaps Tarkovsky's best opening scene.
The Mirror is a mixed-media oral history on film, and the essence of cinema as memory. For those unfamiliar with the Soviet/Russian history at play, the emotional impact of the dreamy non-linear recollections still warrants multiple viewings. This is a very powerful movie.
Brilliantly subtle, transcendental, poetic, majestic, thought provoking and utterly cohesive. Tarkovsky in full flight showing just how potent his 'new language of cinema' would become. A cinema that involves the audience and provokes them to question. 5 stars