The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i Skripka) (The Skating Rink and the Violin)
The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i Skripka) (The Skating Rink and the Violin) (1962)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 19, 1962
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

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.

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Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece

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.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

1960's The Steamroller and the Violin was Andrei Tarkovsky's thesis film at the Soviet State Film School.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

Young Mr. Tartovsky has side-stepped all the visual detours and pitfalls of the standard experimental vignette.

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Fernando F. Croce

The titular objects become poetic talismans in Andrei Tarkovsky's hypersensitive thesis short

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Jeremy Heilman

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Impressive short film by Andrei Tarkovsky, this is for me anyways an experiment in the way that he would tackle his later work. The film for what it is quite… More