image from the film Nostalghia

image from the film NOSTALGHIA (image courtesy of Kino Lorber)

Tarkovsky’s Italian-made Nostalghia, his first film produced outside Russia, took Cannes by storm. Narrative virtually dissolves in this portrait of a Russian poet visiting Northern Italy to research an eighteenth-century composer’s life. Marooned in a spa with a huge, bubbling sulphur pool, he hobnobs with the local madman, with a beautiful Italian guide, surrounded by Tarkovsky’s amazing gallery of dream-allegorical effects: water swirling through buildings or lapping ruined churches, ghostly mists fingering remembered valleys, steam sputtering from a Dantesque pool... The film’s final image of melancholy, memory, and loss is one of the most moving in all of cinema.

“A glorious visual experience!” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice)

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