The Mirror
The Mirror (1975)

Juxtaposing scenes of daily life with pivotal moments in Soviet history, the film cross-cuts between color and black-and-white photography to find ground between dreams and reality.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The smallest details (a stammering child, the wrinkle in the turned page of a book) stick like burrs, and we are left to wonder if any director has delved with more modesty and honesty into the heartbreak of the past.

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James F. Clarity
New York Times

Mirror, a new film by Andrei Tarkovsky, the controversial and unorthodox Soviet director, is delighting, puzzling, disaping serious Muscovite movie enthusiasts.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

The Mirror deserves a big-screen viewing, with its smorgasbord of memories in dream, drama and newsreel form from the life of a dying poet.

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Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times

No tidy resolutions, no easy steps from here to there. But what The Mirror lacks in simple logic it makes up for in satisfying emotions.

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Maximilian Von Thun

Its imagery and mysticism have by no means lost their power to astound.

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Jon Fortgang

There isn't a scene here which isn't strikingly shot and the final impression is of something personal, mysterious and yet frequently profoundly resonant.

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Chris Peachment
Time Out

Tarkovsky goes for the great white whale of politicised art -- no less than a history of his country in this century seen in terms of the personal -- and succeeds.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[D]eeply, sometimes abstrusely impressionistic... What's real and what isn't, what's past and what's present is difficult to untangle... [O]ften seductively beautiful to look at...

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Jonathan Crocker

Yes, it sounds like hard work. But Tarkovsky gets away with the doleful pace and elusiveness thanks to one thing -- his breathtaking eye for simple, stunning beauty.

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Alex roy
Exquisite picture from start to finish, I found myself thoroughly captivated by this picture. Tarkovsky uses images and atmosphere to really tell a compelling… More
Bob O'Reilly
A beautifully poetic and enigmatic Tarkovsky art film. It's either his greatest masterpiece or his greatest head-scratcher. Maybe both. Utterly… More
Bruce Bruce
SO bad I turned it opff after 40 Min . 1/2 star
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Mirror" is an intriguing but not terribly coherent film from Andrei Tarkovsky.(If anybody knows what Yuri Zhary(Yuri Sventisov)… More
Stella Dallas
a gorgeous piece about time and memory, very densely layered. don't think too much is my advice. i prefer it over tarkovsky's other films. tho… More
Robert Brogan
The Mirror is said to be a film that is not easy to understand. I say that it does not have to be understood to be enjoyed. This is a very beautiful, cerebral,… More