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7 March 1975 (Soviet Union) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(17 articles)
The Tribe wins at Tarkovsky fest
 (From ScreenDaily. 17 June 2014, 5:53 AM, PDT)

>A Story Of Children And Film, film review:
 (From The Independent. 3 April 2014, 4:00 PM, PDT)

Seasonal Ruminations: Melbourne Cinematheque And Tarkovsky's Prose
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Tarkovsky's enigmatic masterwork. See more (82 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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
Ángel Gutiérrez ... A Spaniard
Tatiana Del Bosque ... A Spaniard
Teresa Del Bosque ... A Spaniard
L. Correcer ... A Spaniard
Diego García ... A Spaniard
Teresa Rames ... A Spaniard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olga Kizilova ... Red-head (uncredited)
Aleksandr Misharin ... Bearded Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrei Tarkovsky  (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aleksandr Misharin  (as A. Misharin)
Arseniy Tarkovskiy  poems (uncredited)
Andrei Tarkovsky  (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)

Produced by
Erik Waisberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Eduard Artemev 
 
Cinematography by
Georgi Rerberg 
 
Film Editing by
Lyudmila Feyginova 
 
Production Design by
Nikolay Dvigubskiy 
 
Costume Design by
Nelli Fomina  (as Nina Fomina)
 
Makeup Department
Vera Rudina .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariya Chugunova .... assistant director
Larisa Tarkovskaya .... assistant director
 
Art Department
A. Merkulov .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Semyon Litvinov .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Yuri Potapov .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexey Nikolaev .... camera operator
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zerkalo" - Soviet Union (original title)
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108 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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...See more »
Soundtrack:
Matthäuspassion - BWV 244See more »

FAQ

Which paint inspired the famous scene with a bird landing at boy's head?
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30 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Tarkovsky's enigmatic masterwork., 21 February 2000
Author: Gary-161

I found this film quite difficult to get into since I'm more used to conventional plot driven narratives, a concept that was anathema to Tarkovsky. Certainly the Soviet authorities did their best to limit the venues where this film could be seen, condemning it's personal nature as decadent, self-indulgent and against the formal traditions of Soviet cinema, a cinema which Tarkovsky himself did not have a good word for. Russians who did see it sent many letters to the director saying how much it affected them and mirrored their own childhood experiences. Tarkovsky himself had difficulty in 'finding' his film during production, and originally worried that it would not work. Many critics questioned whether the images were symbolic in some way, but Tarkovsky dismissed symbolism as decadent. He sited Japanese writers of the middle ages rejecting such things. He had no time for surrealism either, pointing out that Dali himself had rejected the concept as facile. And yet the pull of dreams are un-mistakable in this work. Tarkovsky stated that the artist himself does not necessarily know the meaning of an image but is compelled to express his vision.

Despite some of the problems in viewing this film there are plenty of moving and mysterious moments, not least the wistful and melancholic look on the face of the mother as she lays in the grass, contemplating her children's future.

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