Mirror

Mirror

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky • 1974 • Soviet Union
Starring Margarita Terekhova, Filipp Yankovskiy, Ignat Daniltsev

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.

Mirror
  • Mirror

    Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky • 1974 • Soviet Union
    Starring Margarita Terekhova, Filipp Yankovskiy, Ignat Daniltsev

    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 compos...

Extras

  • Andrei Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer

    Directed by Andrei A. Tarkovsky • 2019 • Italy, Russia

    The life, art, and inner world of Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky is explored through the filmmaker’s own words and images in this appropriately hushed and reverent tribute to a cinematic titan. Lovingly made by the director’s son, ANDREI TA...

  • The Dream in the Mirror

    Louise Milne and Seán Martin made this film in 2021. It features interviews with collaborators and family members of director Andrei Tarkovsky’s, along with scholars of his work.

  • Islands: Georgy Rerberg

    Georgy Rerberg was known as “the Genius” around Mosfilm Studios in the 1970s, at a time when director Andrei Tarkovsky was looking for a new cinematographer for his upcoming project. This 2007 Russian television documentary considers Rerberg’s career, with a special focus on his most famous film,...

  • Eduard Artemyev on MIRROR

    This interview with the innovative electronic composer Eduard Artemyev was shot in 2021. Artemyev composed music for three films by Andrei Tarkovsky: SOLARIS, MIRROR, and STALKER.

  • Alexander Misharin on MIRROR

    In this 2004 interview, screenwriter Alexander Misharin discusses working with director Andrei Tarkovsky on MIRROR.

  • Andrei Tarkovsky “1 p.m. News”

    This interview with director Andrei Tarkovsky, a segment from "1 p.m. News" was broadcast on January 17 of 1978.

  • Andrei Tarkovsky on “Nord Pas de Calais News”

    This interview with director Andrei Tarkovsky, a segment from “Nord Pas de Calais News” was broadcast on January 25, 1978.