STALKER
1979, Janus Films, 163 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky

A sci-fi tale that unwinds in the environs of the soul takes the form of a nightmarish quest for nothing less than truth itself. A writer (Anatoli Solonitsin) and a scientist (Nikolai Grinko) follow a shaven-headed "stalker" (Aleksandr Kadjanovsky) into forbidden territory, a dangerous wilderness known as the Zone. Tarkovsky forces - or perhaps allows - "reality" to yield up abstract images of startling originality, and his vision of landscape is nothing less than truly mystical - these are places to be found only in humankind's spiritual Baedeker. On top of everything else, Tarkovsky was a director who truly grasped the aesthetic power of color, and this unforgettable pilgrimage is bathed in eerie sepia hues.


THE MIRROR
ZERKALO
1975, Kino Intl., 108 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky

Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s autobiographical approach to cinema finds voice here as he shows us the second great war in Europe, the evacuation from Moscow and the separation of a couple - all things the filmmaker experienced himself and, in 1974, was ready to share with his public. With Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Larisa Tarkovskaya and Alla Demidova. In Russian and Spanish with English subtitles.


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