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Katok i Skrypka


Time Out says

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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