The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i Skripka) (The Skating Rink and the Violin)
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The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i Skripka) (The Skating Rink and the Violin)
Katok i Skripka (The Steamroller and the Violin) was the last short Andrei Tarkovsky directed before moving on to his first feature. The film tells a very simply story of friendship between an artistic, sensitive seven-year-old violinist named Sasha and a physical, blue-collar steamroller operator. They befriend each other after Sasha is threatened by some ruffians, spend the day together, and alter each other's perceptions of life. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tarkovsky's graduation project at the VGIK film school in Moscow offers a key to all the later 'mature' work: it's his clearest statement of frustrated longing for a perfect union with an idealised father-figure."
‑ , Time Out
"Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of The Steamroller and the Violin is the exciting feeling of a genius on the brink of realizing his full potential."
‑ Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece, PopMatters
"1960's The Steamroller and the Violin was Andrei Tarkovsky's thesis film at the Soviet State Film School."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Young Mr. Tartovsky has side-stepped all the visual detours and pitfalls of the standard experimental vignette."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"The titular objects become poetic talismans in Andrei Tarkovsky's hypersensitive thesis short"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"I suppose in many ways it is Tarkovsky's most accessible film - it's emotionally accessible and the plot is bluntly straightforward - but it's also his least rewarding work."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"A perspective of the world as revealed through the observations of the very young is a familiar theme in Soviet cinema, and the creators of this picture have handled it beautifully here."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Though Tarkovsky was wet behind the ears at the time, you can already see evidence of his genius and his obsession with mirrors and reflections."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid