Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week

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Nostalghia Andrei Tarkovsky
Nostalghia (1983)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
This lives up to its name and its celebrated final shot—a long, long, longing one, small cabin and dead writer transported to a ruined cathedral’s cavernous nave. Long after its slow, Beethoven-tracked two hours, the movie echoes. After the USSR pulled funding from this film about, among other things, a Russian’s pining for his native land, Tarkovsky vowed not to go home again. The piner, Gorchakov, is likewise exiled in Italy, where he finds a holy fool, a Roman bath, misty dreams and spiritual agony: how to save what we love? Even memory’s fortitude crumbles; our last best hope is a candle’s steady flicker. Elina Mishuris (Opens May 31 at BAM)

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