Facing Tarkovsky…


I recently watched Tarkovsky’s Mirror again after about 6 or 7 years and have to say that it was even better than I remembered (in contrast to Goddard’s Pierrot Le Fou, which was still entertaining, but worse).  I had thought that there was always something rather Levinasian about Mirror, what with notions of the infinite, expression and the central role “the face” plays in both.  And obviously throughout Mirror Tarkovsky constantly forces us to confront faces, whether in that rather long scene in which Natalia  stares into a couple of mirrors, or  by placing Natalia into proximity with Leonardo’s portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci.   Continue reading