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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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Visual beauty made indelible and significant See more (80 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)
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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
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zerkalo" - Soviet Union (original title)
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108 min
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Trivia:
Initially Tarkovsky considered Alla Demidova and Swedish actress Bibi Andersson for the role of the mother. In the end Margarita Terekhova was chosen.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as 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 »
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 »
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They Tell Us That Your Mighty PowersSee more »

FAQ

Which paint inspired the famous scene with a bird landing at boy's head?
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Visual beauty made indelible and significant, 13 February 2003
Author: Peegee-3 (poetsrx@webtv.net) from Santa Monica, CA

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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