Soviet Union -- Social life and customs -- 1917-1970 -- Drama

The Mirror



Margareta Terekhova, Philip Yankovsky, Oleg Yankovsky, L. Tarkovskaya,

Shards of memories—dreams of an individual, collective nightmares—do not merely haunt Tarkovsky's most challenging work, they are the film, which invents, as Ingmar Bergman noted, “a new language, true to the nature of film . . . life as a dream.” Ostensibly an autobiographical portrait, The Mirror also offers a crash course in twentieth-century history, as stock footage of world upheavals—the Spanish Civil War, the Siege of Leningrad, the Cultural Revolution—intertwine with images of childhood: a field, a fire in a rainstorm, a father's voice, a mother (played by various actresses, including Tarkovsky’s own mother). “I can speak,” a once stuttering boy clearly states, but only after being hypnotized; indeed, The Mirror seems refracted from a hypnotized world, where images reveal more than language ever could. “Words cannot express a person’s emotions; they are too inert,” insists a poem written and read by Tarkovsky’s father; Tarkovsky’s art, however, does just that.

Jason Sanders
  • Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Georgi Rerberg
  • Russian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W/Color
  • 35mm
  • 106 mins
  • Kino Lorber
  • Janus Films

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Tarkovsky at 70 (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 2002

The poetry of apocalypse: the films of Andrei Tarkovsky (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2002

The mirror (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 2000

The mirror (distributor materials), Kino International Corporation, 1992

A tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky (program note), Hong Kong Film Festival, 1987

Homenaje in memoriam: Andrei Tarkovski (program), Cinemateca de Cuba, 1987

A tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky (program), Hong Kong Film Festival, Michael Lam, 1987

The films of Andrei Tarkovsky (program), Hopkins Center of Dartmouth College, Barry Scherr, 1986

Zerkalo (program note), Los Angeles International Film Exposition, Richard Whitehall, 1981

Zerkalo (review), Variety, Hy Hollinger, 1977

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