Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
Monday, May 13, 2013
Post-film discussion with Bill T. Jones! 35mm print
Andrei Tarkovsky, the acclaimed master of Soviet cinema, takes a moving and personal turn with this striking meditation on life in Russia during the bleak days of WW II. The Mirror is not just the display of a film director at the peak of his unique powers. As an homage to the innocence of childhood, it tells an enigmatic tale that is both gripping and horrifying.
Tarkovsky uses his own coming-of-age experiences, himself “mirror”-ed, to convey the mood and action that dominated a country ravaged by war. Through a fascinating two-tiered time frame, the director blends his own harsh childhood with an adult life that is troubled and broken. Powerful images — a mother faced with political terror, a divorcing couple’s quarrel — are underscored by Tarkovsky’s masterful manipulation of film stocks and recorded sound. The Mirror becomes a stream-of-consciousness, nostalgic visions of childhood mixed with slow-motion dream sequences and stark WW II newsreels. – Kino LorberNR, 108 Minutes, In Russian and Spanish with English subtitles