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3,960 Ratings


Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Italy, Soviet Union, 1983
  • Italian
  • English


The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov travels through Italy accompanied by his guide and translator as he researches the life of an 18th Century Russian composer, Pavel Sosnovsky. There he meets Erland Josephson, a local pariah who declares that the world is coming to an end.

Our take

With only seven feature films, Andrei Tarkovsky created a world: of prophecy, madness, grace, and spiritual transcendence. Made in exile from the USSR, Nostalghia is a uniquely personal masterwork that stands with his best. Winner of Best Director at Cannes, an honor he shared with Robert Bresson!

Nostalghia Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
[The shot where Yankovsky carries the candle] certainly raises the stakes for what a shot is expected to accomplish and what we seek from watching it. When we consider that a shot not only contains a sliver of life that it captured, but also a sliver of ours, however many seconds or minutes it occupies of our brief existence on this planet, why shouldn’t we expect from each shot nothing less than life fully realized?
March 19, 2014
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Like “Stalker,” “Nostalghia” is distinguished by its deliberate camera moves and precise audio design. Delicate, selectively desaturated tones give the impression of a film simultaneously monochromatic and in color… “Nostalghia” lacks the confidence of his Soviet films. The artist tries too hard to impress — and yet his mastery of the medium is such that he succeeds.
January 24, 2014
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Like Eugenia with the Madonna, we are bearing witness, and the lack of editing [in the candle-carrying scene] brings us closer, beyond the veil of the screen, harmonizing the real and the reel. The sublime sequence that follows Andrei’s completion of the task—a hypnagogic vision of Tarkovsky’s brooding protagonist finally at peace with where he is and where he was—collapses the boundaries further until all is insanely, immaculately one.
June 06, 2013
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