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The Mirror (1975)

Zerkalo (original title)
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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(as Andrey Tarkovskiy)

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(as A. Misharin), (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margarita Terekhova ...
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
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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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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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7 March 1975 (Soviet Union)  »

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RUR 622,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the first scene involving a telephone call, the shot tracks past a poster for French adaptation of Andrei Rublev (1966), another Andrei Tarkovsky film. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene, in which stutterer Yuri Zhary is being hypnotized, a shadow of the boom mic is prominently visible on the wall behind him. However, because this is clearly supposed to be a recreation of a TV broadcast, it appears to be a intentional error. See more »

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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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A delusion as beautiful as Lucifer's smile...
28 April 2002 | by (East Lansing, Michigan) – See all my reviews

"Zerkalo" is probably my favorite of Tarkovsky's movies-whic says a lot about the quality of the film. I believe that the Russian word "zerkalo"-mirror, is one of the most accurate descriptions of Tarkovsky's credo. The theme of the "home" and "family" exists in this movie stronger than in any of the other Tarkovsky's films. In "Ivanovo detstvo", Ivan is ruined the moment his family is killed. In "Andrey Rublev" the temple is the house. In "Solaris" Kris is guilt-ridenn on account of him being the cause of his wife's death, and in the end, like a prodigal son, he kneels in front of his father. The same guilt lays on the Stalker in the movie of the same name. In "Nostalghia" Gorchakov is dying of home-sickness, he constantly dreams of his home in Russia, and after death is rewarded by being taken to the home, placed inside a decreipt Italian temple in one of the most unforgettable shots in cinema's history. Finally, in "Offret", the hero becomes a sort of father for the whole world. But in "Zerkalo" family and home are presented as a foundation of human existence. Some scenes in this movie are among the most beautiful in cinema. Simply put, this film is something anyone who thinks and feels must see...


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