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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The title of the film is the Russian rendition of the Italian pronunciation for the word 'nostalgia'. This was a deliberate choice on the part of Tarkovsky. See more »

Quotes

Burning Man: Oh mother! The air is that light thing that moves around your head and becomes clearer when you laugh!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Voyage in Time (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Kumushki
Traditional Russian folk song
[Heard over the opening credits]
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A poetic piece of magic realism
8 November 1998 | by Tommy-41See all my reviews

Previous critical comments about Nostalgia include 'the nearest to poetry that cinema can ever aspire'. There is nothing more one can add, this comment sums it up totally. I would say that this film is different every time I watch it, it's more than poetry, it's hypnotic to the state of Tarkovsky casting a spell on the viewer.


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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rai 2, Sovinfilm, Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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