Mirror

Mirror (1975)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Biography, Drama, History  |   Sub-Genres - Avant-Garde and Experimental  |   Release Date - Mar 7, 1975  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |  
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Mirror (Russian: Зеркало, translit. Zerkalo; known in the United States as The Mirror ) is a 1975 Russian art film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. It is loosely autobiographical, unconventionally structured, and incorporates poems composed and read by the director's father, Arseny Tarkovsky. The film features Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Alla Demidova, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Tarkovsky's wife Larisa Tarkovskaya and his mother Maria Vishnyakova, with a soundtrack by Eduard Artemyev.

Mirror is noted for its loose and nonlinear narrative. It unfolds as an organic flow of memories recalled by a dying poet (based on Tarkovsky's own father Arseny, who in reality would outlive his son by three years) of key moments in his life both with respect to his immediate family as well as that of the Russian people as a whole during the tumultuous events of the twentieth century. In an effort to represent these themes visually, the film combines contemporary scenes with childhood memories, dreams, and newsreel footage; its cinematography slips, often unpredictably, between color, black-and-white, and sepia. The film's loose flow of visually oneiric images, combined with its rich – and often symbolic – imagery has been compared with the stream of consciousness technique in Modernist literature. It has also found favor with many Russians for whom it remains their most beloved of Tarkovsky's works.

The main concept of Mirror dates as far back as 1964. Over the years Tarkovsky wrote several screenplay variants, at times working with Aleksandr Misharin. Their mutually developed script initially was not approved by the film committee of Goskino, and it was only after several years of waiting that Tarkovsky would be allowed to realize the project. At various times the script was known under different names, most notably Confession and A White, White Day. The completed film was initially rejected by Goskino, and after some delay was given only limited release in the Soviet Union.

Mirror has grown in reputation since its release, and ranked nineteenth in Sight & Sound's 2012 critics' poll of the best films ever made, and ninth in the directors' poll.

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Box Office

$274,443

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Archive Footage, Art Film, Childhood, Cigarette, Cigarette Smoking, Flashback, Mind-Bending/Experimental, Mother Son Relationship, Nature, Poetry, Spanish Civil War, Spiritual/Religious, Tarkovsky, Wind

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Narrative Location: Soviet Union

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Alternate Titles

Ayna
TR
De spiegel
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Der Spiegel
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El espejo
AR, MX, ES, UY
El Mirall
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Kagami
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Ko'zgu
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Le miroir
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Lo specchio
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Mirror
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O Espelho
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Oglinda
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Peili
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Spegeln
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Speil
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Spejlet
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The Mirror
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Tükör
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Veidrodis
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White, White Day
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Zerkalo
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Zrcadlo
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Zrcalo
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Zwierciadło
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Ο καθρέφτης
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Дзеркало
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Зеркало
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Огледало
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写真
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JP
鏡子
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镜子
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거울
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