Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. With Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Larisa Tarkovskaya
Soviet Union 1975, 35mm, b/w & color, 108 min. Spanish and Russian with English subtitles
“For the first time,” he resolved, “I would use the means of cinema to talk of all that was most precious to me, and do so directly, without playing any kind of tricks.” Tarkovsky needed twenty rough cuts before arriving at the film’s intricately interflowing system of flashbacks and archival footage, often interpreted as unfolding in a dying artist’s final rays of consciousness. While Mirror, like all Tarkovsky’s films, pays homage to painting, music, and poetry, it also makes plain that the Russian director understood Mnemosyne to be the mother of the muses. Being a poet, he sought not only to retrieve the past but to reveal its essence—and in so doing to redeem an inherently flawed present. “The story not of the filmmaker’s life,” observes Tarkovsky scholar Robert Bird, “but of his visual imagination.”
"The award-winning director Andrei Tarkovsky, (one of his better known films is Andrei Rublev), the son of a famous Russian poet, was born in 1935 and grew up in and around Moscow during the Second World War. This non-linear autobiographical film is considered by many Russian-speakers to be his best film and is his most personal meditation on time, history and the Russian countryside. In a series of episodes and images, he captures the mood and feeling of the period just before, during and after the war. Lyrical reminiscences of his mother and of his father's poetry figure large in the film, along with extraordinary images of nature. Combining black-and-white and color work, with some unusual documentary footage, this highly regarded movie is structured with the logic of a dream." ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
As this is a 9:00 pm film, we can gather at a nearby eatery between 6:45 - 7:00 for dinner and discussion. We'll make reservations depending on the number, or just choose the round table at Yengchin where we know we'll be able to hear each other.
For those not familiar with Tartovsky, Mirror is a great introduction to his cinema-as-art. For those familiar with Tartovsky, the film reveals infinite interpretations as we engage the film at different times in our lives.
Please note that the 305 minute Andrei Rubelev was completely sold out, so it is imperative that we get to the theater as close to 8:30 as possible.
In your RSVP, please state if you'd like a reservation for dinner.
See you at the movie,