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Andrei Tarkovsky drew on memories of a rural childhood before WWII for this personal, impressionistic and unconventional film poem.

Biopic 1975 107 mins

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky



For perhaps his most daring experimentation with film structure, Tarkovsky intersperses scenes from three eras – a childhood in the countryside, the Great War, and post-war maturity – to create a prismatic reflection of his own life and those of his parents. Abandoning linear narrative in favour of dramatising discontinuous shards of memory, Tarkovsky pioneered a poetic and richly allusive form.

Ranked joint 31st in the 2022 Sight and Sound Great Films of All Time poll.