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Star and Shadow presents:

MIRROR (1975, DIR: ANDREI TARKOVSKY)

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DIR: ANDREI TARKOVSKY; SOVIET UNION; 1975; CERT 12; 1h 47m

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Thu 30 June // 19:30 / Cinema

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A subtly ravishing passage through the halls of time and memory, this sublime reflection on twentieth-century Russian history by Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker) is as much a poem composed in images, or a hypnagogic hallucination, as it is a work of cinema. In a richly textured collage of varying film stocks and newsreel footage, the recollections of a dying poet flash before our eyes, his dreams mingling with scenes of childhood, wartime, and marriage, all imbued with the mystical power of a trance.

 

Largely dismissed by Soviet critics on its release because of its elusive narrative structure, Mirror has since taken its place as one of the 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 is for me the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” Ingmar Bergman. Mirror is ranked 19th in the BFI top 100 greatest films of all time.