Using a nonlinear structure interlaced with dreams and flashbacks, director Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterful Mirror is a stream-of-consciousness meditation on war, memory and time that draws heavily on events from his own life.
A senses-ravishing odyssey through the halls of time and memory, Andrei Tarkovsky’s sublime reflection on 20th century Russian history is as much a film as it is a poem composed in images, as much a work of cinema as it is a hypnagogic hallucination. In a richly textured collage of varying film stocks and newsreel footage, the recollections of a dying poet flash before our eyes, dreams mingling with scenes of childhood, wartime, and marriage, all imbued with the mystic power of a trance. Largely dismissed by Soviet critics upon its release due to its elusive narrative structure, Mirror has since taken its place as one of the titan director’s most renowned and influential works, a stunning personal statement from an artist transmitting his innermost thoughts and feelings directly from psyche to screen.
“Tarkovsky’s purest and most private achievement.”—Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
“A unique event, an event that would not exist but for Tarkovsky.”—Sam Ishii-Gonzales, Senses of Cinema
“A Roschach test for the viewer.”—Mark Chalon Smith, Los Angeles Times
- Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
- Country: Russia
- Year: 1974
- Running Time: 106 min.