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The Steamroller and the Violin (1961)

Katok i skripka (original title)
Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines, Sasha quickly regains confidence when he accidentally ... See full summary »

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Andrei Tarkovsky
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Cast

Credited cast:
Igor Fomchenko ... Sasha
Vladimir Zamanskiy ... Sergey (as V. Zamanskiy)
Natalya Arkhangelskaya ... Devushka (as N. Arkhangelskaya)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Adzhubei ... Devushka v rozovom
Vyacheslav Borisov Vyacheslav Borisov ... (as Slava Borisov)
Yuri Brusser Yuri Brusser ... (as Yura Brusser)
Zhenya Fedchenko Zhenya Fedchenko
Marina Figner ... Mama uchenika muzykalnoy shkoli (as M. Figner)
Aleksandr Ilin ... (as Sasha Ilin)
Gena Klyachkovsky Gena Klyachkovsky
Igor Korovikov Igor Korovikov
Kolya Kozyryev Kolya Kozyryev ... (as Kolya Kozarev)
Antonina Maksimova ... mama Sashi (as A. Maksimova)
Tatyana Prokhorova ... Devushka-sosedka (as Tanya Prokhorova)
Lyudmila Semyonova ... Uchitelnitsa muzyki (as L. Semyonova)
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Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines, Sasha quickly regains confidence when he accidentally meets and befriends worker Sergei, who works on a steamroller in their upscale Moscow neighborhood. Written by ivan-kraus

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

18 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Violin and Roller See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although it is a pleasant picture on the DVD cover, the image has been reversed left to right, as violin bows are held with the right hand (as in the film), not the left hand (as in the still). See more »

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What a delight!
22 July 2005 | by huladog55See all my reviews

I consider myself fortunate that this was my first venture into Soviet cinema. The fact that this was director Tarkovsky's graduate student film makes it all the more remarkable.

With a minimalist approach to dialog, Tarkovsky relies on imagery to communicate emotions and feelings, and he does so well. It's still a period piece, with obvious salutes to the "Worker's Paradise" but this is not propaganda. Rather, it is a beautiful tale of a brief friendship. Two people from different worlds are borough together, and are torn apart due to circumstances beyond their control, but you get the impression that they'll be wealthier for the experience. Highly recommended! 10/10


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