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also known as Nostalghiya | Nostalgia

Nostalghia1983

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NOSTALGHIA is Andrei Tarkovsky's brooding late masterpiece, a darkly poetic vision of exile. It was the first of his features to be made outside of Russia, the home to which he would never return. Tarkovsky explained that in Russian the word "nostalghia" conveys "the love for your homeland and the melancholy that arises from being far away." This debilitating form of homesickness is embodied in the film by Andrei, a Russian intellectual doing research in Italy. He becomes obsessed with the beauty of his translator Eugenia as well as the apocalyptic ramblings of a self-destructive wanderer named Domenico. Written with frequent Michelangelo Antonioni collaborator Tonino Guerra, NOSTALGHIA is a mystical and mysterious collision of East and West, shot with the tactile beauty that only Tarkovsky can provide.

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"...not so much a movie as a place to inhabit for two hours." - J. Hoberman, the Village Voice


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An intentionally mysterious and allegorical film. For this reason I found it more theatrical than poetic, possibly from the Italian setting and influences. It seemed more about a Russian (European) intellectual than a Russian displaced from Russia. In spite of the setting there didn't seem a real longing for Mother Russia in this movie. The one thing mentioned as being missed in Russia was in a city. I have lived most of my life in exile, but what I missed was the natural setting of my homeland. I didn't have a sense of that in this movie. Possibly for a Russian film producer that probably didn't feel that was given the fame and fortune he felt he deserved in his homeland, it would be very different. I prefer a film where the artist tries as best he or she can, to make things as clear as possible. If it seems obscure and mysterious, well, so be it. I love this kind of genuine mystery. I don't appreciate deliberate attempts to be obscure and mysterious. I basically didn't understand the movie, and I am not in awe of the contrived hocus pocus. Still the setting is impressive and the cinematography very moving, the lingering. The most poetic part of the whole movie was the white horse against dark trees and the mist flowing over the open fields. I sensed Russia there but not in the story line. There are no flashbacks to the Russian landscape that would have been possible in parts of Italy. It seemed the Russia in this film was urban and intellectual.

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An intentionally mysterious and allegorical film. For this reason I found it more theatrical than poetic, possibly from the Italian setting and influences. It seemed more about a Russian (European) intellectual than a Russian displaced from Russia. In spite of the setting there didn't seem a real longing for Mother Russia in this movie. The one thing mentioned as being missed in Russia was in a city. I have lived most of my life in exile, but what I missed was the natural setting of my homeland. I didn't have a sense of that in this movie. Possibly for a Russian film producer that probably didn't feel that was given the fame and fortune he felt he deserved in his homeland, it would be very different. I prefer a film where the artist tries as best he or she can, to make things as clear as possible. If it seems obscure and mysterious, well, so be it. I love this kind of genuine mystery. I don't appreciate deliberate attempts to be obscure and mysterious. I basically didn't understand the movie, and I am not in awe of the contrived hocus pocus. Still the setting is impressive and the cinematography very moving, the lingering. The most poetic part of the whole movie was the white horse against dark trees and the mist flowing over the open fields. I sensed Russia there but not in the story line. There are no flashbacks to the Russian landscape that would have been possible in parts of Italy. It seemed the Russia in this film was urban and intellectual.

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Any Tarkovsky, anytime. Every time I see his films, I come away richer for the experience. Nostalghia washes over you like a hypnotic dream, poetic and somber. Great ending. Be patient. Throw away your expectations. Not for those who are looking for standard movie formula. It seeps into the pores and lasts a while.

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Very enigimatic . A Soviet writer is in Italy writing about of 17th cen. russian musician in service of a Italian lord. His travelling companion/mistress becomes tired of his lack of attention. He meets a madman who kept his family prisoner for yrs. at home and eventually preforms a task for him; he

later burns to death in Rome. I guess his wife and family are in the USSR to encourage him not to defect? Much grey tones and b and w flashbacks.

Trick photography at the end. I guess burning of book symbolises lack of artistic freedom in USSR?

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Andrei Tarkovsky's "Nostalghia" is about as perfect as a film can get. Giuseppe Lanci's cinematography is stunning. Not to be missed.

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Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia (1983) is a film with much artistic merit.

This film has a very sophisticated, yet enigmatic structure and if the storyline is considered literally it just won't make much sense. This appreciation of this very artistic film lies in the meta-levels of its structure, where all the divergent imagery, and the symbolism can be resolved.

This film is visually beautiful too. The cinematography, and editing are well thought and effective.

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i love it everything about it every one in it_even the dog_amazing wonderful film_light a candle

Simply one of the best films from one of the masters. Nostalghia is Tarkovsky's most quiet, meditative and existential film, filled with the uncertainties of being, the mysteries of character and motivation and the search for the light. Characteristic of Tarkovsky's genius cinematography, this film is visually engrossing from beginning to end, an achievement of a master at the pinnacle of his art. If you have any regard for cinema as art form, watch this film!