The Mirror

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Released 1974

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Director:
Andrei Tarkovsky
Released:
1974
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The Mirror, directed by Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (director of Solaris), is a 1975 film based loosely on Tarkovsky's memories of childhood in Russia during World War II. Instead of following a traditional plot, The Mirror is composed of a stream-of-consciousness flow of scenes that jump back and forth from the 1940s to the 1960s. The film's central character and narrator is Alexei (Ignat Daniltsev), who appears at key stages in his life: as a child fleeing Moscow for the Soviet countryside, as an adult whose marriage is dissolving, and as an old man on his deathbed. We experience the world through Alexei's eyes in a series of striking images; Alexei's mother, Maria (Margarita Terekhova), even seems to levitate. Incorporated into the film is poetry written by Tarkovsky's father and historical newsreel footage. Hailed as an insightful meditation on childhood, memory, and time, The Mirror is considered one of Tarkovsky's most personal works.

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