CINEMAtech launches a brand new season with a “startling piece of film-making” (The Guardian) by the cinema giant Andrei Tarkovsky.
A dying man in his forties remembers his past: his childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation. IMDB
With its interleaved fragments of childhood and later life, switches in texture and color, and competing elemental outbursts of water and fire, the result should by rights be impenetrable; likewise, the fact that the narrator’s mother and wife are played by the same actress (Margarita Terekhova) seems at once bewildering and entirely apt. 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. Anthony Lane
September 19, 2017 at 7.00 PM
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