Tarkovsky: The Mirror
Basically, the history of the movie was around a mother who is special and ordinary also. The director wanted to film a long cherished idea. Firstly, the film got a name “Statement”, but it did not get a license, later it was published with the name of Mirror. The frame of the story is a bit difficult to follow, the director do not indicate clearly that we are in the present time or in the past time. In the present time of the film dying man is remembering back to his life, although he himself never can be seen on the screen (we hear only his voice), the dying man memories largely are the same with the memory of the director. The dying hero, Alexei of the movie has a psychosomatic illness; the reason for this could be bad communication problems with his mother and ex- wife, he feels that he needs to do something for his mother and his ex-wife, but he could not talk to them, because he has lost touch with them. He is looking back to the past to find the solution, he needs to heal himself to come out from this status. In the first 20 minutes we are in the past time, it was only remembrance and dream. We cannot realize that the man is ill, we can just see from the talk that he has a bad relation with his mother. The great part of the movie is about Alexei memories and dreams, leads us to his childhood. Alexei as a child lived in villages with his brother and mother because father lived them. Besides the recent memories of the hero the Spanish Civil War, II. World War, Stalin's cult of personality, the Maoist threat are shown in the film. Alexei divorced from his wife, estranged from his child, and recalling the situation of his own childhood caused serious crisis in his mind. Looking for answers and solutions for his desperate situation, the difficulties of the Russian people, and the fundamental question of humanity. Alexei memories were used as mirror to face himself, that results in constant meditative state which necessarily leads to the perfection of the absolute spirit, faith issues. Tarkovsky’s work includes autobiographical elements and it is a confession of the art of the human soul and the impact of the moral responsibility of the artist. Tarkovsky's films are always tests of faith and testimony, The Mirror is one of the highlights of the modernist film. The main character cannot be seen, through his narration like tiny pieces of the mirror we can get to know his dreams, memories and the events of his life which determined his life the most significantly. Alexei looking for answers for the people and his situation, and for the issues which are particularly important for humanity. It is an artistic creed with through we can face with our personal histories in a clear version. Alexei’s life forty years story includes changes of Soviet history, from the 1930s until the end of 1970. Tarkovsky wanted to drive back the cultural community to its intellectual basics. * Connection with the selected topic(religion)
The author uses bipolar structure in his histories-two world coexistence-it means the framework of constant conflict between the person and the world. Dualistic view of the world is deeply rooted in the Orthodox thinking, but you can also find in all kinds of religious "holy" thinking. Tarkovsky partially talked about his views of the conflict of the individual and the world and partially can be inferred, but, we conclude that it is traced back to Russian Christian personalism. This personal concept distinguishes the characteristics determined by external and internal conditions. He completely isolates unique properties. The person is independent from the nature, society and the state, it is a determination which comes from inside, and cannot be compared to anything. The movie roams around the questions: how to create and to maintain the ethical personality and how to get there. We can call it the movie of internal road searching, because the central topics of it are the suffering and...
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