The Dream in the Mirror

Louise Milne (Artist), Seán Martin (Artist)

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A subtly ravishing passage through the halls of time and memory, this sublime reflection on twentieth century Russian history by Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker) is as much a poem composed in images, or a hypnagogic hallucination, as it is a work of cinema.

In a richly textured collage of varying film stocks and newsreel footage, the recollections of a dying poet flash before our eyes, his dreams mingling with scenes of childhood, wartime, and marriage, all imbued with the mystical power of a trance.

Largely dismissed by Soviet critics on its release because of its elusive narrative structure, Mirror has since taken its place as one of the director’s most renowned and influential works, a stunning personal statement from an artist transmitting his innermost thoughts and feelings directly from psyche to screen.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventTarkovsky Revisted: Dialogue between the Moving Image and Other Arts - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 16 Dec 202116 Feb 2022


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