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  • Actors: Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano, Patrizia Terreno, Laura De Marchi
  • Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Writers: Andrei Tarkovsky, Tonino Guerra
  • Producers: Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Franco Casati, Manolo Bolognini, Renzo Rossellini
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 1998
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305069654
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,007 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Nostalgia is a film brimming with sumptuous images, dream like and evocative. Set in Italy, a visiting Russian poet (a thinly disguised Tarkovsky) questions the nature of memory and exile. Throughout the film he is haunted by flashbacks of his past and home, as he wanders through the landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria, encountering frescos of Piero della Francesca, images of candle lit altars. One particular scene of a woman walking across water with a candle has remained one of the most memorable I have seen in a film. Not exactly a racing plot, but the sheer visual nature of the narrative makes up for that. A 'must see' for hard-core Tarkovsky fans and newcomers alike.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mr. DS Graham on 11 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
This DVD edition of "Nostalgia" comes with two rare documentaries made at the time of the film's production. "Tempo di Viaggio" and "Tarkovsky In Nostalgia". Both offer fascinating insight into Tarkovsky's working method and include footage of him talking with Italian script-writing maestro Tonino Guerra, who has worked with Fellini, Antonioni and Angelopolous.
The picture quality of the film is excellent but there is a major drawback regarding the soundtrack. For the first 30 minutes of the film (Disc 1), there is a distractingly audible crackle and hiss noise. This is completely unacceptable in a DVD format and I am very curious to know if other buyers have experienced a similar problem with their copy.
Apart from this serious fault, "Nostalgia" plus 2 documentaries is a most welcome addition to the Tarkovsky DVD library.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 24 April 2006
Format: DVD
I've seen all of Tarkovsky's films bar "The Sacrifice" and I think "Nostalgia" is possibly the best of them all. Deeply spiritual and pregnant with meaning, "Nostalgia" features some breathtaking cinematography and contains many memorable, visually arresting scenes, such as Eugenia's visit to the church, Gorchakov's meeting with Domenico in his dilapidated house, the flooded church ruins, Domenico's rant atop a statue of Marcus Aurelius in Rome ,Gorchakov's walk through St Catherine's Pool with a candle ,and many more. "Nostalgia" is a film about alienation in all it's forms; it highlights the problems of living in an alien culture and homesickness, alienation from other people, alienation from society and ultimately from life itself. The central character ,Gorchakov, goes on a spiritual journey as the film progresses , especially after his meeting with the lunatic mystic, Domenico. Haunted by memories of his family in Russia and facing the frustrated ire of his attractive Italian interpreter ,Eugenia, for not "trying it on" with her, Gorchakov finds consolation in metaphysical reflection ,an exploration of the religious vision of life and ultimately a search for Salvation. "Nostalgia" features many of Tarkovsky's favourite images; running water, horses,dogs, rain, mists and spilt milk and the director, through his characters and cinematography ,seems to be making a pantheistic plea for humanity to re-embrace nature ,which is equated closely with the Divine in this film. Every image and sound is exquisitely sculpted by Tarkovsky in "Nostalgia" and the acting is excellent as well. Like all of Tarkovsky's films, "Nostalgia" is thought provoking and profound and undoubtedly will repay multiple viewings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. C. Stone VINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2008
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A glorious and utterly profound experience. Revel in the depth and multi-layered brilliance of the story and sentiment, and exploration of themes such as being human, religious and personal faith, home, and how we face our need for meaning and control in an unknowable universe. As in the earlier 'Mirror', understanding Tarkovsky stirs feelings and intellectual yearning at the deepest levels. I make no apology for making such bold statements - this is truly great art.
But forget that. Whether you follow the the detail and nuances or grapple with Tarkovsky's own intentions(and you will discover more every time you come back to this), ultimately it doesn't matter: there are scenes and images throughout this experience that just simply astonish. Not in a grand, big-screen way, but by striking you in the recesses of your mind - like great painting or music. And it holds you to the end. The final image - how it unfolds, what you hear, is one of the most moving and remarkable constructions in all art; following everything that has gone before, it struck me dumb when I first saw it on the film's release, has stayed with me since (haunted me in fact as any truly great image does) - and going back to it on DVD it has lost none of its power. Quite the opposite in fact - the older you get, the more hooks Tarkovsky has into your psyche.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward Barry on 30 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I'm not an academic, nor a film buff so can't talk in the terms expected of this director's admirers.
It has a beautiful inner logic that conveys a sense of something understood - that sense that dappled things always secrete a sense of the universal. The troubadour (and troubled) poet/biographer researching a biography of a supposedly obscure composer unearths far stringer resonances from his childhood.These ripple outwards until they become the film itself.
The attraction of this film is simply that you could poster-print so many of the stills.
It simply is the best looking film I have seen.
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