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The Mirror (1975)
"Zerkalo" (original title)

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A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margarita Terekhova ...
Natalya / Maroussia - the Mother
Oleg Yankovskiy ...
The Father
Filipp Yankovskiy ...
Aleksei - Five Years Old
Ignat Daniltsev ...
Ignat / Aleksei - twelve years old
Nikolay Grinko ...
Printery Director
Alla Demidova ...
Lisa
Yuriy Nazarov ...
Military trainer
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ...
Forensic doctor
Larisa Tarkovskaya ...
Nadezha - Mother of twelve-year-old Alexei
Tamara Ogorodnikova ...
Nanny / Neighbour / Strange woman at the tea table
Yuri Sventisov ...
Yuri Zhary
Tamara Reshetnikova
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ...
Aleksei (voice)
Arseniy Tarkovskiy ...
Father (voice)
E. Del Bosque ...
A Spaniard
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Storyline

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society. Written by <xaviermartin@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

7 March 1975 (Soviet Union)  »

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RUR 622,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

To create the effect of the wind making waves through the crops in the field outside the cabin in the woods, Tarkovsky had two helicopters landed behind the camera and would switch on the rotors when he wanted the wind to start. See more »

Goofs

During the last scene when the grandmother is accompanying the two children through a field, and the camera backtracks itself into dark woods,on the lower right portion of screen, the gleaming camera tracks are visible for a few seconds. See more »

Quotes

Father: It seems to make me return to the place, poignantly dear to my heart, where my grandfathers house used to be in which i was born 40 years ago right on the dinner table. Each time i try to enter it, something prevents me from doing that. I see this dream again and again. And when i see those walls made of logs and the dark entrence, even in my dream i become aware that I'm only dreaming it. And the overwhelming joy is clouded by anticipation of awakening. At times something happens and i stop ...
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Soundtracks

Matthäuspassion - BWV 244
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User Reviews

Visual beauty made indelible and significant
13 February 2003 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

Has there ever been a more visually beautiful film than this one? That's a rhetorical question... one that only viewing it can answer.

To try to follow it as an ordinary narrative is to lose its poetic ambience...I let it wash over me like glorious music. We are so accustomed to "and then...and then" that our minds can follow as logic, that we tend to dismiss the affect that the visual image itself can have on our minds, hearts and souls. Tarkovsky is a poet...and for me this is his richest, most satisfying film of all. Included are film clips from WW 2, the Spanish Civil War, poetry by the director's father.

It does help to know that the same actress (Margarita Terekhova) plays the dying man's wife and his mother...as he allows his memory to shift over his life.

The only other director I can think of who understands the visual language of film and its significance as beautifully as Tarkovsky is Terence Malick.

Zerkalo is haunting and uplifting even as we know the "hero" is dying. Death, after all, is an intrinsic part of life.


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