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Possibly the most beautiful film ever.
We need Tarkovsky now more than ever.
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.
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This movie ranks #13 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #26 in IMDb's Biography Top 50
This movie ranks #29 in IMDb's 1970s Top 50
This movie ranks #30 in Russian Guild of Film Critics's Best Russian Films
This movie ranks #30 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #127 in iCheckMovies's Most Favorited
This movie ranks #153 in FOK!'s Film Top 250
This movie ranks #164 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #354 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #603 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #616 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #1001 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die