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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 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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Country:

Italy | Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | Italian

Release Date:

March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nostalghia See more »

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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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Rai 2, Sovinfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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: We don't know what madness is. They're troublesome, inconvenient, we refuse to understand them. But they're certainly closer to the truth.
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Before the end credits: To the memory of my mother. - Andrei Tarkovsky See more »

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Kumushki
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1+1=1 : or even a thousand raindrops makes ONE big pool, even inside the house
15 December 2001 | by rogierrSee all my reviews

Tarkovsky keeps the emphasis on nostalghia and not on sentiment or melancholia. Giuseppe Lanci's (Kaos '84, Caro Diario '94) beautiful colorful cinematography alternated with b/w footage, is reminiscent of Traffic (Soderbergh, 2000), although the content and the pace of that film is very different. The point is, that different filming materials can emphasize different perspectives from different people or different periods in the life of the same person. Luminous or dark. Even a long and slow shot can tell a complete story in this film, as the actors seem to duplicate themselves or substitute others. Miniature landscapes to create surprising visual perspectives are discovered at the ride-in and ride-out of the camera. All those details couldn't be appreciated if the shots were any shorter or the pace any faster. Nevertheless, there are instances where Tarkovsky doesn't seem to know what he wanted exactly and motives stay implicit unfortunately. But that's poetry. See the film again and discover new perspectives. Anyway, there is a strong taste of longing for association of people in the present, in the future and even in the past throughout the film.

Nostalghia is almost entirely (as far the dialogue part of the film goes) in Italian language and the music consists exclusively from legendary composers with some experimental touches here and there. It is on the verge of being arthouse with its sometimes subtle and sometimes experimental light and sound FX. Even the dog seems to have had acting classes. Also I feel that what Godard tried so many times (le Mepris? Week End?) but utterly failed most consistently, Tarkovsky achieves gloriously, although the film shouldn't be much longer.

10 points out of 10 :-)


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