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Mirror, The ( Zerkalo ) (1983) Movie Information

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Drama, Biography





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Andrei Tarkovsky


Margarita Terekhova
Ignat Daniltsev
Larisa Tarkovskaya
Alla Demidova
Anatoli Solonitsyn
Tamara Ogorodnikova





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A Russian man in his 40s is going to die - he reflects back on growing up during WWII, his adolescence and family in a film that mixes flashbacks with historical footage to tell a personal story but also explore the story of Russia itself. -- Chris Kavan

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Moviehead 04/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is experience worth of going trough. It is far from perfect, sometimes i would even say fake but still Tarkovsy is one amazing filmmaker and this movie is good. It is not as good as Stalker even though this one has some better moments, but in the end it doesnt leave some great impression in you like that one. Anyway as i said worth of watching, if nothing else you are going to witness some of the greatest moments of film.

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mitchellyoung 10/24/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Let me be clear that this is purely a personal rating and that I can definitely appreciate the technical skill that went into crafting some of the film's more beautiful and transcendent sequences. As a relevant film, it doesn't hit me as hard as other Tarkovsky works - say Solaris, or Andrei Rublev. I sometimes found the shifting back and forward within memories (though I completely understand the device) to be jarring and frustrating. Taken on a scene-by-scene basis, there are some nice moments, but it doesn't ring true for me as a film as a whole.

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GGauthier 08/29/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Perhaps the most beautiful movie ever made. The most Tarkovsky's stilized. Director's loves for his beloved and his own country, is shown again here, with several images that goes back and forward in time. The plot is sometimes difficult to follow, but, my council will be take the hand of the movie, let it go. Let everything of yourself go.

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04/28/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


1975, coincidentally, was the year where two giants of cinema decided to construct an autobiographical manifesto of extremely gigantic proportions that paralleled their respective pasts with the nostalgic history of the Soviet Union and Greece: Andrei Tarkovsky (Zerkalo) and Theodoros Angelopoulos (O Thiasos). Whereas the latter had a massive approach of political turmoil, Tarkovsky's fourth film (and, consequently, fourth masterpiece) is a haunting testament of indescribable beauty, breathtaking stillness and complete mysticism. Therefore, he is an extremely dangerous filmmaker... dangerous in the sense that he has the capacity of ruining cinema. When a viewer willingly decides to witness a spectacle of such huge magnitudes of artistry, he/she is even compelled to stop seeing films for a...

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03/31/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Our Daily Free Stream: Andrei Tarkovsky - The Mirror (engl. subt.). Das klassische Autorenkino der 60er schien den grössten seiner Zunft ein Mini Genre vorzuschreiben: Fellini, Godard, Truffaut oder Tarkovsky, jeder hat mal einen Film gedreht, der von ihm selbst handelt. Ich habe die DVDs euch in der Filmkunstbar Fitzcarraldo oben in unserer Galerie ausgestellt. Heute zeigen wir Zerkalo: Die verlorene Zeit, in seinem persönlichsten und unverstandendsten Film versucht Andrei Tarkovsky sie zu rekonstruieren. Seine persönlichen Erinnerungen verbindet er mit Fragmenten der russischen Geschichte zwischen den 30er und 70er Jahren, so dass Zerkalo wirkt, als sei der Film in einem Spiegelkabinett montiert worden. Die poetischen Passagen aus Träumen und Erinnerungen wechseln sich ab mit Archivmate...


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