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Mirror [DVD] [1975]

Anatoly Solonitsyn , Margarita Terekhova , Andrei Tarkovsky    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anatoly Solonitsyn, Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev
  • Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Black & White, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069JC8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,133 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

DVD Specialist Features:

Interviews with composer Eduard Artemyev, scriptwriter Aleksandr Misharin, Grigory Yavlinsky
Documentaries "Memory" and on Anatloy Solinitsyn & Innokenty Smoktunovsky
Stills Gallery

Colour and B&W
Russian with English subtitles
Picture Format: 4:3
Dolby Digital 5.1

From the Back Cover

'Mirror' is the celebrated Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's most autobiographical work in which he reflects upon his own childhood and the destiny of the Russian people. The film's many layers intertwine real life and family relationships - Tarkovsky's father, the poet Arseny Tarkovsky, reads his own poems on the soundtrack and Tarkovsky's mother appears as herself - with memories of childhood, dreams and nightmares. From the opening sequence of a boy being cured of a stammer by hypnotism, to scene in a printing works which encapsulates the Stalinist era, "Mirror" has an extraordinary resonance and repays countless viewings.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful and evocative film masterpiece, one of the best examples of Soviet cinematic tradition and personal creative genius of Andrey Tarkovsky. Beautifully shot, intelligently paced and comprised of ethereal emotional scenes, the images of this remarkable film will stay in your memory for a long time, possibly forever. The lead actors are all excellent, especially the celebrated Soviet/Russian actress Margarita Terekhova giving a magical performance in the dual lead female roles of author's mother and former wife, - just look at her expressive eyes and mesmerising face and you'll see why she was so much loved by millions of Soviet viewers. The humane voice of legendary Soviet/Russian actor Innokentiy Smoktunovsky speaking for the narrator is believably vulnerable (though this can only be truly appreciated in the original Russian) and the heartfelt original poetry recited by Arseniy Tarkovsky (director's father) is deeply touching in beautiful verse and memorable in threnodic simplicity of tonal expression.

The story touches upon a multitude of emotions and facets of human condition: fate and hope, memory of childhood and familial bonds, love and longing, jealousy and angst, sorrow and solitude, restlessness and detachment, reconciliation and atonement, et alia. Watching this film is like observing a memory of one's own life through an exterior focus lense - an experience both reflective and philosophical.

`Mirror' is by far my favourite of all Tarkovsky's films, primarily because of its aching humanity, visual beauty and nostalgic realism. Nothing is artificial here, for this is indeed what Soviet life was like for millions of people (myself included).
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Images to invoke emotion. 4 Nov 2006
This is definitely one of the best films I've seen by this director, and I'd just like to highlight one aspect of Tarkovsky's technique for those reviewers who found the film enjoyable but felt that the meaning of it went straight over their heads.

Tarkovsky doesn't use symbolism. He recognises that to attach symbolic meaning to what is seen limits it to only one interpretation - a representation of what is symbolised. Real world events don't have symbolic meaning in themselves, and so Tarkovsky uses pure images which invoke emotions in the viewer, as opposed to a framework of symbols which amount to some hidden meaning behind his films.

This is what makes his films such a joy to watch, all of the beautiful cinematography is there to be appreciated in itself. There is nothing superficial about this, quite the opposite. Tarkovsky's films are accessible to everyone (maybe he was a real communist!), not just aloof art house enthusiasts.

I would also highly recommend 'Stalker' to anyone who is getting into Tarkovsky.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent masterpiece 9 May 2009
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MIRROR- Tarkovsky (DVD)
A magnific masterpiece

Mirror is my favorite film, the best one I have ever seen, the one I like more. Interior richness, amounts of beauty and human quality have no limits. In this masterpiece, you find not only new and extraordinary cinema but poetry, painting, imagination, wonderful images and episodes.
Tarkovsky wanted to build a portrait of himself (as seen in a MIRROR) with his own fantasy, his dreams, some memories, some of his father's poems, episodes of life with his mother and his wife (the same artist),his house - wooden furniture and old lace curtains moved by the wind- his beloved country -green and wide and sunny- its landscapes and colors, some historical facts: an extraordinary refection of his intimate self.
No a plot, not a linear plan to be followed, not a more or less hidden idea to be found.
You are supposed to relax and enjoy it....and perhaps later, dream: if you were in the place of Andrei Tarkovsky and making a film about yourself, your life, your memories, your country landscapes, what images and what episodes, which colors, would you use !
Don't miss it. This film is an unforgettable experience, richer and deeper every time you see it and as time goes by.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major 20th century artwork 25 Mar 2004
By Mr. G. C. Stone VINE VOICE
I've been back to this again recently after seeing Tarkovsky's work for the first time 20 years ago. Whereas I was a 'fan' the first time, I found this time round that I was profoundly affected and moved and impressed in a way that was far deeper than I could have expected. Don't expect a linear narrative. It's about Tarkovsky's childhood, and relationships with his mother and his wife. It's about Russia and a time. It's about extraordinary images and episodes, and sounds and feelings and sun and countryside and memory. Take what you want from it. This is one of the 20th century's major artists at his peak. You need to experience it and let it seep through you. At the same time, it's worth the entrance money for any number of individual images or any one of the individual episodes. With Tarkovsky, the older you get, the wider and deeper your understanding of the world, the more you get out of his work every time you return.

Or you might think it is overblown, boring, pretentious nonesense. I know which side I'm on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intense film based on Tarkovsky's life reminiscences
According to many, The Mirror is Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's best film. Certainly it is his most personal. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andres C. Salama
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece and my favourite film
I cannot recommend this film highly enough. I have watched it again and again through the years, and it has become one of my touchstones. Read more
Published on 18 July 2010 by Maud
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the Sistine Chapel : requires several viewings.
As the title suggests this is a film about reflections zigzagging across the decades of mid to late 20th century Russian history. Some are actual or imaginary, others filmographic. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2010 by Room For A View
5.0 out of 5 stars The work of a master
Tarkovsky is not an "easy" director, but that doesn't mean his work is only for fans of "the avant-garde. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2010 by Curious reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss the plot
The points made by other reviewers about this film's nonlinearity and being much like poetry are, of course, valid. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2009 by Oldthinker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Film Ever Made
There has been millions of words spilt about this film and there is little I can add.

I notice that one reviewer on here said that it was over his head. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2009 by Denis Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Mirror on DVD
The DVD from Artificial Eye has, I think, a good transfer. I watched it on a projector and it was no problem. Some of the images are archive film and supposed to look weathered. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2008 by MarkusG
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent and unbelievably boring.
I bought this film, having read the glowing reviews, for my Russian wife and her parents to watch and also because I have a particular interest in the soviet culture and people,... Read more
Published on 24 July 2008 by The Strolling Roan
5.0 out of 5 stars dream pinnacle of image making
mirror is beyond anything you have ever seen. in it tarkovsky breaks all the rules of filmaking including some no one even suspected existed and fashions a baffling, overwhelming,... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2007 by S. Egan
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a very difficult film
The glowing reviews of The Mirror encouraged me to see this film but I found it way above my head. It is beautifully photographed and acted but there in no linearity or... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2006 by Dr. R. G. Bullock
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