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Katok i Skrypka

Tarkovsky's graduation project at the VGIK film school in Moscow offers a key to all the later 'mature' work: it's his clearest statement of frustrated longing for a perfect union with an idealised father-figure. Six-year-old Sasha (Fomchenko) lives with his domineering, unsympathetic mother (Adzhuberi), and studies the violin under an even more domineering and even less sympathetic female music teacher. His idealised father-figure is Sergei (Zamansky), a butch-but-sensitive road-mender, who saves him from being bullied, gives him bread, milk and lessons in self-confidence and respect, and promises to take him to the movies - to see Chapayev, the venerable romantic portrait of a Communist hero. The 'romance' between man and boy receives the benediction of a prototypical Tarkovskian rainstorm, incidentally yielding a charming cine-poem about drops of water and puddles. Some ten years later, Tarkovsky reworked all of this much more elaborately in Solaris.

Release details

Duration: 46 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Screenwriter: Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast: Igor Fomchenko
V Zamansky
N Arkhangelskaya
Marina Adzhubei

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5 / 5

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Zenon Marko

A beautiful little gem of a film. Seemingly simple, in that not much happens in the sense of traditional narrative, but expresses depth of feeling through the silences, the gestures, and the subtle use of light and camera angle. Recommended.

Zenon Marko

A beautiful little gem of a film. Seemingly simple, in that not much happens in the sense of traditional narrative, but expresses depth of feeling through the silences, the gestures, and the subtle use of light and camera angle. Recommended.