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The Mirror ()

Zerkalo (original title)
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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.

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Natalya / Maroussia - the Mother
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The Father
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Aleksei - Five Years Old
Ignat Daniltsev ...
Ignat / Aleksei - twelve years old
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Printery Director
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Lisa
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Military trainer
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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
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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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Andrei Tarkovsky ... (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)

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Aleksandr Misharin ... () (as A. Misharin)
 
Arseniy Tarkovskiy ... (poems) (uncredited)
 
Andrei Tarkovsky ... () (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)

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Erik Waisberg ... producer

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Eduard Artemev

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Georgi Rerberg

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Lyudmila Feyginova

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Nikolay Dvigubskiy

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Nelli Fomina ... (as Nina Fomina)

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Vera Rudina ... makeup artist

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Mariya Chugunova ... assistant director
Larisa Tarkovskaya ... assistant director

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A. Merkulov ... set designer

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Semyon Litvinov ... sound

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Yuri Potapov ... special effects

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Alexey Nikolaev ... camera operator
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Plot Summary

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society. Written by

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Also Known As
  • Sarke (Soviet Union, Georgian title)
  • Зеркало (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • The Mirror (United States)
  • The Mirror (World-wide, English title)
  • The Mirror (United Kingdom)
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  • 107 min
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Budget RUR622,000 (estimated)

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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 land behind the camera and switch on the rotors when he wanted the wind to start. See more »
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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Une journée d'Andrei Arsenevitch (2000). See more »
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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. And when i see those walls made of logs and the dark entrence, even in my dream i become aware that I'm only dreaming it. And the overwhelming joy is clouded by anticipation of awakening. At times something happens and i stop dreaming of the house and the pine trees of my childhood around it. Then i get depressed. And i can't wait to see this dream in which ill be a child again and feel happy again because everything will still be ahead, everything will be possible...
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