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The Mirror (1975) More at IMDbPro »Zerkalo (original title)

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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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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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Also Known As:
"Zerkalo" - Soviet Union (original title)
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108 min
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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:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wear (2014/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Orgelbüchlein - Das alte Jahre vergangen ist - BWV 614See more »

FAQ

Which paint inspired the famous scene with a bird landing at boy's head?
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158 out of 175 people found the following review useful.
See it and die, 1 February 2005
Author: federovsky from bangkok

We are talking visual poetry here. For almost the entire film, every square inch of screen is minutely painted. Ordinary criticism doesn't apply, there is no comparison between this and any other film.

So many scenes have you holding your breath in awe. The smallest movement of light is choreographed precisely. A shadow across someone's face, the wind in the trees - these are not simply images of those things, but the ungraspable nature of life, regret, beauty, memory. So much more lies beneath the surface, as we are shown a reflection in a mirror that momentarily purports to be reality, but need not necessarily be interpreted as such.

The film's magic derives from Tarkovsky's surefooted ability to succeed with a succession of intense, beautiful images. He cannot put a foot wrong. Discontinuity in the narrative give the appearance of complexity, but Tarkovksy would insist that the basic thrust of the narrative is simple. The film is immensely personal, and the disconnections only serve to involve the viewer more – we are allowed to fill in the gaps ourselves.

To appreciate all this you need an essential sympathy for nostalgia and memories, for the passing of life, and for regret. You need an appreciation of a silent room and what it previously held, and of nature. You will need a sense of living in a turbulent and dangerous world, where all beauty is transient and sad. You will need to understand how small moments in life can become the most precious.

The film is tragic because, like memories, it lingers. It shows us details beneath the surface and how they can affect us. It shows life in the context of death, nature, the times and places we have passed through. The camera ponders and paints all this in beautiful detail.

Of course, real life is never so rich nor so intense - only momentarily so. The film wants to distil as much of that precious beauty as possible in a number of disjointed moments, coloured through memory and imagination, from childhood through to the point of death.

Apply it to your own life. There is no more than this.

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