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Katok i skripka (1961)

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 Already withdrawn as a result of his routines, Sasha quickly regains confidence when he accidentally ...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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Credited cast:
Igor Fomchenko ... Sasha
Vladimir Zamanskiy ... Sergei
Marina Adzhubei ... Girl in pink
Yuri Brusser Yuri Brusser ... (as Yura Brusser)
Vyacheslav Borisov Vyacheslav Borisov ... (as Slava Borisov)
Aleksandr Vitoslavsky Aleksandr Vitoslavsky ... (as Sasha Vitoslavsky)
Aleksandr Ilin ... (as Sasha Ilin)
Lyudmila Semyonova
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natalya Arkhangelskaya ... Girl
Zhenya Fedchenko Zhenya Fedchenko
Mariya Figner ... (as M. Figner)
Gena Klyachkovsky Gena Klyachkovsky
Igor Korovikov Igor Korovikov
Kolya Kozarev Kolya Kozarev
Antonina Maksimova


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 Already withdrawn as a result of his routines, Sasha quickly regains confidence when he accidentally meets and befriends worker Sergei, who works on a steamroller in their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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Release Date:

18 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Violin and Roller See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is Andrei Tarkovsky's film school diploma short movie. See more »


References Chapaev (1934) See more »

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In the beginning
19 February 2009 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

Andrei Tarkovsky's school graduation project, the short film Katok i Skripka or Steamroller and the Violin (1960), by the words of Russian critic Maya Turovskaya, the first rate film, is promise of the things that would come so powerfully in his later films. The most important part of the little film was the joy of showing the beauty and poetry of the ordinary familiar things. The whole world of the film is saturated in colors, filled by myriads of playful solar spots, mirror reflections (yes, mirror - one of the favorite Tarkovsky's images is already presented here), patches of light on water, all living, pulsing, sparkling. Tarkovsky's camera man, the famous cinematographer Vadim Yusov recalls that the idea of the film came to young director after watching the French short film "Red Balloon" (1956) by Albert Lamorisse that ran successfully in the theaters at the time. "Red Balloon" defined the color palette of Tarkovsky's movie. The dominant color for Katok i Skripka was red mixed with yellow and compared to blue in the sky above and in the clothing of two main characters, the young boy playing violin and the grown up man, the driver of a steamroller, who had became his friend, even if for a short time.

I'd say that the first Tarkovsky's work is perhaps his most accessible, light, sweet, and warm - the terms we don't usually associate with the master of serious metaphysical, deeply philosophical, even cosmic films that lack conventional dramatic structure. I think it would be a good starting point for anyone interested in Tarkovsky's work. It is interesting to compare Katok i Skripka to Tarkovsky's next work, his first feature, astounding Ivanovo Detstvo (Ivan's Childhood), another film about a boy but completely different from Steamroller and the Violin.

For his diploma project, Andrei Tarkovsky won the first prize at the New York Student Film Festival in 1961.

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