The Mirror / Zerkalo / Зеркало (1974)
The award-winning director Andrei Tarkovsky, (one of his better known films is Andrei Rublev), the son of a famous Russian poet, was born in 1935 and grew up in and around Moscow during the Second World War. This non-linear autobiographical film is considered by many Russian-speakers to be his best film and is his most personal meditation on time, history and the Russian countryside. In a series of episodes and images, he captures the mood and feeling of the period just before, during and after the war. Lyrical reminiscences of his mother and of his father's poetry figure large in the film, along with extraordinary images of nature. Combining black-and-white and color work, with some unusual documentary footage, this highly regarded movie is structured with the logic of a dream.
Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Director: Andrey Tarkovskiy
Actors: Margarita Terekhova, Filipp Yankovsky, Ignat Daniltsev, Oleg Yankovskiy, Nikolai Grinko, Alla Demidova, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Larisa Tarkovskaya, Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Arseni Tarkovsky
Country: Soviet Union
Genre: Biography, Drama, History

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:41:51 | 7.65 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian
Subtitles: Russian, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Nederlands, Japanese, Svenska, Deutsch, Portugues, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese

• Introduction: Interview with scriptwriter Aleksandr Misharin
• Introduction: Interview with politician Grigory Javlinsky
• Biographical Text Pages on Arseny Tarkovsky
• Excerpts of films with Anatoly Solonisyn
• Documentary on Innokenty Smoktunovsky
• Documentary on Nikolai Grinko
• Edouard Artemev: Dedication to Tarkovsky
• Filmographies: Static screens of 6 crew with imbeded trailers
• Photo Album

BD50 + BD25 | 1080p AVC | 01:47:01 | 29.0 Gb + 18.8 + 3% rec
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English

• Andrei Tarkovsky's metaphysical dream zone: an introduction by Film Psychoanalys Mary Wild
• Andrei Tarkovsky's metaphysical dream zone part 4: selected scene commentary by Mary Wild
• Interview with screenwriter A.Misharin
• Interview with composer Eduard Artemev
• Interview with Oleg Yankovskiy
• Music box featurette "The Last Take"

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