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Andrei Tarkovsky, Nostalgia, 1983


1 Jun 201611 Jun 2016

"Spectacular, astonishing…. the nearest to poetry that cinema can ever aspire." The Financial Times

Andrei Tarkovsky’s unforgettably haunting film, his first to be made outside Russia, explores the melancholy of the expatriate through the film’s protagonist, Gorchakov, a Russian poet researching in Italy. Arriving at a Tuscan village spa with Eugenia, his beautiful Italian interpreter, Gorchakov is visited by memories of Russia and of his wife and children, and he encounters the local mystic who sets him a challenging task.

Nostalgia is filled with a series of mysterious and extraordinary images, all of which coalesce into a miraculous whole in the film’s final shot. As in all Tarkovsky’s films, nature, the elements of fire and water, music, painting and poetry all play a major role.

This film is screened as part of Sculpting Time: Andrei Tarkovsky Retrospective

Nostalgia, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union/Italy 1983, 125 mins

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