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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sumptuous visual exploration of memory and exile
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...
Published on 29 Nov 2000

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2.0 out of 5 stars Be aware!
This dvd from A.E. is not very good:
cropped, squeezed, low bitrate single-layer disk with a soundtrack erroneously encoded as mp2 instead of Dolby Digital.
Extras instead are great.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sumptuous visual exploration of memory and exile, 29 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Nostalgia [VHS] (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
4.0 out of 5 stars "Nostalgia" plus 2 rare documentaries, 11 Mar 2003
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Mr. DS Graham "daniel_sgraham" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nostalgia [DVD] (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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning Masterpiece, 24 April 2006
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L. Davidson (Belfast, N.Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nostalgia [DVD] (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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and the Screen, 30 Nov 2002
This review is from: Nostalgia [VHS] (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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Film - but BEWARE!!!!!, 1 Jun 2012
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(The date of writing - 1/6/12) This listing is for the now deleted 2003 2 disc edition, yet if you buy the 2 disc edition today from amazon (supplied by 'FilmLoverUK' but 'fulfilled by Amazon') you will get a 1 disc slimboxed edition. Artificial Eye didn't release a single disc version on it's own like this. If you go to their website you can only get the 7 disc boxset. So; AE have released the films only twice - once separately ('fullboxed', deleted, mostly hard to find), and once as the boxset ('slimboxed' and still avaliable).
So it seems clear that a lot of companies have split the boxsets to sell them separately.

I have informed AE of this and they say they'll investigate, and added 'We do plan on re-issuing the Tarkovsky films individually and hopefully in Blu-ray editions also in 2013.'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be aware!, 3 May 2011
This review is from: Nostalgia [DVD] (DVD)
This dvd from A.E. is not very good:
cropped, squeezed, low bitrate single-layer disk with a soundtrack erroneously encoded as mp2 instead of Dolby Digital.
Extras instead are great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tarkovsky's painterly predilections under the Italian sun, 17 May 2012
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This review is from: Nostalgia [DVD] (DVD)
Nostalgia (1983), Tarkovsky's penultimate film, is the very essence of art house cinema, a museum movie, and the kind of thing you might love even as you find it exasperating.

I was reminded a little of Antonioni, the way his movies used to drop you into a situation, watch some meanderings of a few characters, and then roll the credits with no particular sense of resolution. To this Tarkovsky adds the nostalgic yearnings of his frequently silent protagonist Andrei, sepia memories colliding with the present situation, his research into the career of a Russian composer. The opening scene in the church where the sacristan challenges Andrei's translator, Eugenia, to make whatever she can of the spectacle presented before her, is a challenge really aimed at the viewer by Tarkovsky. Perhaps a jab at his critics?

It goes without saying that Nostalgia warrants repeat viewing, if only to sample again and again its painterly tableaux, for few movies make the screen so clearly a cousin of the oil painting in its gilded frame. Beguiling and haunting images of landscape, emotive portraits of human countenances suddenly turned towards the camera, added to which is the constant use of natural sound, chatter, submerged songs, internal monologue. Nostalgia is the kind of film you can almost smell and taste, the earth and air of Italy, its rural towns and ancient ruins half reclaimed by nature. And then there is the goddess beautiful face and form of Domiziana Giordano as Eugenia, the counterpoint to Andrei's brooding sullen introspection.

The debit side? The not-always-necessarily slow pacing, the often tedious pontificating - especially by Erland Josephson's Domenico - and the constant suspicion of self indulgence and obscurity on the part of the director. This edition also has some wonky translations on the English subtitles. But any number of frames could be hung in a gallery, so keen and imaginative is the director's vision, and the dreamy, stately progress of his camera is likely to prove more seductive and persuasive with time.

Nostalgia is, as the title suggests, a dream of a movie...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't take any more Tarrantino?, 1 April 2005
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This review is from: Nostalgia [DVD] (DVD)
Tarkovsky only made high quality films. This is no exception.
'Nostalgia' like 'Mirror' is a filmic poem which explores spirituality and memory in an elliptical and allusive way. If you've not seen his films before, expect to be confused and occasionally frustrated on first viewing, but I'm confident that you'll also be aware of a tremendous ability to create a magical filmic space out of the careful use of simplest of film techniques.
Repeated viewing will disclose the careful logic and structure of the film.
Intelligent cinema at its finest. Treat yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars an alternative view, 7 Jun 2014
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Against the tide of opinion I found this a disappointing film, and my least favourite of Tarkovsky's works. The two lead characters are unengaging and the kind of depth and authentic dilemma found in other films by this director is replaced by mere pretentiousness and endless cliched rural villas with peeling walls. Still - this is a minority opinion - I seem to be the only person with a bad word for Nostalgia!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Astonished, 20 Aug 2008
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Mr. G. C. Stone "mgcs" (Newcastle, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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