The Mirror (1975)

What was I saying the other day about self-conscious Euro-art-filmness? Here, by God, is the very definition of same. Apparently Tarkovsky considered his previous film Solaris to have been a failure because it was too much of a science-fiction film, too tied to a commercial genre; this retreat into art could never be accused of the same thing. Not easy going by any means, although it was less fearsome and obtuse as I was kind of expecting it to be; took a while to get into but I didn’t share the apparent incomprehension of the Soviet authorities. That said, I could easily imagine myself hating it had I been in the wrong mood, and there’s really no way you could recommend it to anyone unwilling to venture beyond conventional narrative cinema. Your average multiplex inhabitant would likely consider it not so much foreign as alien…

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