3 things about Andrei Tarkovsky’s THE MIRROR

The Mirror [1975]

1. An Andrei Rublev movie poster on the wall in his apartment.
2. On the tabletop, a ring of condensation from the teacup slowly evaporates.
3. Pine needles scattered on the pages of a da Vinci book.

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2 Responses to 3 things about Andrei Tarkovsky’s THE MIRROR

  1. DS says:

    Wondering what you thought of the poster.

    I’ve handed my Netflix queue to a friend who knows foreign film better than me. “The Mirror” was the first film I got (my friend knew I’d already seen “Andrei Rublev,” which is his favorite Tarkovsky). I loved it. But the poster’s clear (crass?) self-reference took me out of the film, which was otherwise full of Tarkovsky’s biographical bits but shown with such a sacred, spacious aesthetic that each concrete moment begs to become (and has the space to become) a metaphor for something broader and deeper than the brick and mortar of a biopic. Given the way Tarkovsky so guarded that aesthetic for the rest of the film, I’m at a loss as to why he included that poster.


    • robchristopher says:

      Yeah, it does feel a little weird. It’s just an odd little detail that isn’t really expanded upon–it might have been nice if the movie had shown us more of the ‘banal’ reality of the protagonist instead of dwelling so much on the ‘poetic.’ I don’t know, THE MIRROR has never been one of my favorite Tarkovsky movies. I really prefer STALKER.


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