I've got to deduct some points for the casually racist opening of the film and the shaky message, but Wilder does know how to write an entertaining script. Mixed emotions.
Once again I've seen why Kurosawa is constantly quoted by film buffs, modern directors, and lecturers as among their favorites. He is indeed a master of his craft.
This beautiful tale could have been so ordinary...really it SHOULD have been so ordinary. "Life is about living" is no longer a unique thought. You'd find quotes saying as much in dozens of modern popcorn flicks and Pinterest boards alike.
What Kurosawa has done here, though, is take a film that's premise…
The excellence of a Tarkovsky film leaves a taste in your mouth that exceeds easy intellectual understanding. "Mirror" is no exception. You could pause the film on any frame and behold a picture worthy of hanging on your wall. Each face, particularly that of Margarita Terekhova, holds the type of beauty you would find in a painting. The camera movements, the set-up, the atmosphere, are the definition of cinematic perfection.
Tarkovsky is not always easy to track with mentally. Instead,…