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Nostalgia (1983)

Nostalghia (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | March 1992 (USA)
A Russian poet and his interpreter travel to Italy to research the life of an 18th-century composer.

Director:

Andrei Tarkovsky (as Andrey Tarkovsky)

Writers:

Andrei Tarkovsky (screenplay) (as Andrey Tarkovsky), Tonino Guerra (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Andrei Gorchakov (as Oleg Jankovsky)
Erland Josephson ... Domenico
Domiziana Giordano ... Eugenia
Patrizia Terreno Patrizia Terreno ... Andrei's Wife
Laura De Marchi ... Chambermaid
Delia Boccardo ... Domenico's Wife
Milena Vukotic ... Civil Servant
Raffaele Di Mario Raffaele Di Mario
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Livio Galassi Livio Galassi
Elena Magoia Elena Magoia
Piero Vida
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Storyline

The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had imprisoned his own family in his house for seven years to save them from the evils of the world. Seeing some deep truth in Domenico's act, Andrei becomes drawn to him. In a series of dreams, the poet's nostalgia for his homeland and his longing for his wife, his ambivalent feelings for Eugenia and Italy, and his sense of kinship with Domenico become intertwined. Written by Anonymous and Brian McInnis

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Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

This was Andrey Tarkovsky's first film directed outside of the USSR. It was supposed to be filmed in Italy with the support of Mosfilm, with most of the dialogue in Italian. When Mosfilm support was inexplicably withdrawn, Tarkovsky used part of the budget provided by Italian State Television and French film company Gaumont to complete the film in Italy and cut some Russian scenes from the screenplay, while recreating Russian locations for other scenes in Italy. See more »

Quotes

Andrei Gorchakov: Smoke. When I don't know what to say I ask for a cigarette too. But I never learned to smoke. It's too hard.
Domenico: You have to learn to not smoke, to do important things.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits: To the memory of my mother. - Andrei Tarkovsky See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cell (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Kumushki
Traditional Russian folk song
[Heard over the opening credits]
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Beautiful, Strange, Powerful, Haunting Masterpiece
18 April 2004 | by RobertF87See all my reviews

There are very few people worthy of the accolade of "Genius" but the late Russian film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky was definitely one of them. In his film-making career he is responsible for some of the most beautiful images ever to be put on a cinema screen.

"Nostalghia" deals with a Russian poet who is in Italy to research the life of a Russian composer, who died there. Accompanied only by his female, Italian, interpretor, who is attracted to him, the poet feels strong feelings of home-sickness for Russia and he strongly misses his wife and child who stayed behind.

This was Tarkovsky's first film made outside the Soviet Union (and his first in a language other than Russian), but it is still very obviously a Tarkovsky film, complete with many haunting images of water and fire. in fact, instead of the beautiful, sun-drenched Italy we are used to seeing on film, here the country is grey, wet and shrouded in mist. As usual in Tarkovsky's films there are many changes between colour footage and black-and-white (or sepia). Here, the poet's memories of Russia are presented in monochrome.

As with all Tarkovsky films, "Nostalghia" demands a great deal from the viewer. It is very slow moving and requires a great deal of patience and concentration. Also, be warned that Tarkovsky did not see cinema as "entertainment" but as an art form. I would advise anyone to make the effort and stick with it, though. It is a great work of art.


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Country:

Italy | Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | Italian

Release Date:

March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,537, 15 September 2002

Gross USA:

$41,014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,269
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rai 2, Sovinfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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