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The Steamroller and the Violin (1960)
"Katok i skripka" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  18 August 1962 (USA)
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Sasha (Igor Fomchenko) is a small boy. He lives alone with his mother in an apartment building and spends his time practising the violin... See full synopsis »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Igor Fomchenko ...
Sasha
Vladimir Zamanskiy ...
Sergei
Marina Adzhubei ...
Mother
Yuri Brusser ...
(as Yura Brusser)
Vyacheslav Borisov ...
(as Slava Borisov)
Aleksandr Vitoslavsky ...
(as Sasha Vitoslavsky)
Aleksandr Ilin ...
(as Sasha Ilin)
Lyudmila Semyonova
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natalya Arkhangelskaya ...
Girl
Zhenya Fedchenko
M. Figner
Gena Klyachkovsky
Igor Korovikov
Kolya Kozarev
Antonina Maksimova
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Sasha (Igor Fomchenko) is a small boy. He lives alone with his mother in an apartment building and spends his time practising the violin... See full synopsis »

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This is Andrei Tarkovsky's film school diploma short movie. See more »

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What a delight!
22 July 2005 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

I consider myself fortunate that this was my first venture into Soviet cinema. The fact that this was director Tarkovsky's graduate student film makes it all the more remarkable.

With a minimalist approach to dialog, Tarkovsky relies on imagery to communicate emotions and feelings, and he does so well. It's still a period piece, with obvious salutes to the "Worker's Paradise" but this is not propaganda. Rather, it is a beautiful tale of a brief friendship. Two people from different worlds are borough together, and are torn apart due to circumstances beyond their control, but you get the impression that they'll be wealthier for the experience. Highly recommended! 10/10


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