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A.k.a.
The Mirror
Year
1975
Runtime
107 min.
Director
Andrei Tarkovsky
Genres
Drama, Biography
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
27,960
Checks
5,375
Favs
804
Dislikes
76
Favs/checks
15.0% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. julliette's avatar

    julliette

    Possibly the most beautiful film ever. 3 years 5 months ago
  2. karuss's avatar

    karuss

    We need Tarkovsky now more than ever. 6 years 5 months ago
  3. mihalisk's avatar

    mihalisk

    We celebrated every moment
    Of our meetings as epiphanies,
    Just we two in all the world.
    Bolder, lighter than a bird's wing,
    You hurtled like vertigo
    Down the stairs, leading
    Through moist lilac to your realm
    Beyond the mirror.

    When night fell, grace was given me,
    The sanctuary gates were opened,
    Shining in the darkness
    Nakedness bowed slowly;
    Waking up, I said:
    'God bless you!', knowing it
    To be daring: you slept,
    The lilac leaned towards you from the table
    To touch your eyelids with its universal blue,
    Those eyelids brushed with blue
    Were peaceful, and your hand was warm.

    And in the crystal I saw pulsing rivers,
    Smoke-wreathed hills, and glimmering seas;
    Holding in your palm that crystal sphere,
    You slumbered on the throne,
    And - God be praised! - you belonged to me.
    Awaking, you transformed
    The humdrum dictionary of humans
    Till speech was full and running over
    With resounding strength, and the word you
    Revealed its new meaning: it meant king.
    Everything in the world was different,
    Even the simplest things - the jug, the basin -
    When stratified and solid water
    Stood between us, like a guard.

    We were led to who knows where.
    Before us opened up, in mirage,
    Towns constructed out of wonder,
    Mint leaves spread themselves beneath our feet,
    Birds came on the journey with us,
    Fish leapt in greeting from the river,
    And the sky unfurled above…

    While behind us all the time went fate,
    A madman brandishing a razor.
    9 years ago
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