"Mirror" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

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"Earthly life passed before the half, I found myself in a dark wood" - these lines of Dante, cited in this film reveal the causes of "Mirrors". In fact, work on the script Andrei Tarkovsky began in 1967, when he was 35 years old, ie, In modern terminology, I experienced a midlife crisis. Stuttering boy in the prologue of the film, thanks to the therapy began, and Tarkovsky willed off his psychological defenses and "spoke" with it on the most intimate to him
"mirror" - a film confession:. Perhaps that is why in the frame is not seen most professed sounds Smoktunovsky only voice-overs. The film's protagonist Alex broke up with his wife Natalia, as once his father left his mother. Obviously the same problem then agitated and very Tarkovsky, for output to film the moment he was divorced from his first wife.
Alex could not forgive his father, he left his mother. Is he ready to recognize a father, because he also comes, and with his son? However, growing up, he understands and that side: it is perfect, his mother? In this regard, almost remarkable monologue Lisa, in which she connects with the heroine Mary works of Dostoyevsky.
At the very beginning of the film sounds very beautiful poems of Arseny Tarkovsky performed by the author. You can see in this mixture of feelings Andrew to his father, admired before his talent is combined with the desire to compete with him, to be better than him. Genre of poetry in which his father worked, different from the cinema the opportunity to exercise maximum imagination, lack of hard story framework freer composition of the work. Tarkovsky goes beyond father, his innovation lies precisely in the creation of film-poem
In the picture there is nothing accidental - Tarkovsky think carefully about all.. Beautiful visuals George Rerberg (where the magic realism of Russian nature becomes surreal paintings of visions) is filled with the music of Bach and Brueghel painting of Leonardo and
composition "Mirrors" arbitrary:. Remembering to alternate inconsistency with the present, and the reality of a dream. And the mother of Alexei and his wife played by Margarita Terekhova; half of the frame color, half monochrome - color change occurs without reference to any logic, in general, to understand what is happening only in the sense as if directed by a specially selected from all the hardiest of viewers. . In addition, the text narration wedged a lot of different characters, the interpretation of which is ambiguous
struck by a large number of parallels: Maria - Natalie - the mother of Tarkovsky, Alex - Ignat - the fate of the director, which has remained behind the scenes. So the situation highlights the stereotype of the protagonist. Margarita Terekhova compared with the portrait of Ginevra de 'Benci brush of the great Leonardo, so we can witness the Anima of Andrei Tarkovsky
As he writes Tarkovsky. "In" The Mirror "this portrait we needed to, on the one hand, find the best of the eternal in the proceeding before us a moment, and, on the other hand, in order to compare this portrait of the heroine:. emphasize, as in her, and the actress Terekhova the same ability to be charming and repulsive at the same time »
Tarkovsky not It bothers the audience with voimi moralizing, the only morality that pervades the film, can be learned from the words of the doctor (Anatoly Solonitsin) - need to be closer to nature. But they are terribly far from nature and above all on the nature of the "I". There is a disease, which affects the Russian intelligentsia - reflection. Deep feeling and understanding the world, they, nevertheless, are not able to take action to change it - they just talk aloud to himself
This film directed by constantly resorting to contrasts: calm, outwardly almost event-free life movie characters contrasted frames. of a military chronicle. Alex and all those around him live the lives of their feelings, thoughts, memories, and all around it is constantly happening: start stratospheric balloon, exploding atomic bombs. Even the nature of and the one raging - excellently transmits the movement of grass by the operator - it is as if animated by: excited, "angry»
Tarkovsky as a director general is undemocratic: & lt;. "Mirror» & gt; "Of course, it is not clear mass, accustomed to kinoshke and who can not read books, listen to music, look painting ...". And how to be with someone who knows how to do all of the above, but did not take the film?
When the address of the film "The Mirror" exalted praise enthusiastic speech, I too believe that the film they feel, because such art is not a priori It may cause only positive emotions. Actually, I think the film "The Mirror" can really see once or twice in my life, as close contact with the world of a neurotic personality is not too good for the viewer's psyche.
For example, I was fascinated by poetry Tarkovsky Sr. and poetic language directing the younger, mystic beauty Terekhova (previously it did not notice); but I can not feel the sympathy for the characters of the film and their problems
Mirror - it is a symbol that is always true.; with those who it affects, it is possible to talk even in solitude. Tarkovsky offers the viewer to look in the mirror and see his film themselves, their flaws and problems. But the point is that the surface of the glass, which is directed deliberately tried to stir, yet transparent enough to consider it very complex director
So, of course, "The Mirror." - this is, of course, the confession, but you need to make allowances the fact that a man like Tarkovsky, due to its natural closeness, is not capable, in principle, be as frank. So who confesses the director? Native, audience? I think no. This author's conversation with the mirror, and all the details of personal revelation remained on the "side of the mirror." A viewer has to catch only vague images, stood on the opposite surface, and put them into a coherent whole. Many of this activity may seem complicated, someone boring and unnecessary, and I will not blame them for it.
P.S.Tak when the hero of the film was as close to his self? The answer follows from the following lines: "I am waiting for a long time and waiting for this dream, which I will look again like a child again and feel themselves happy because everything is still possible ...»
8 out of 10

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