A hauntingly beautiful film
Gorchakov is a Russian poet travelling through Italy researching the life of a Russian composer. Whilst there, he meets a man who once imprisoned his entire family to save them from the evils of the outside world. His conversations with this man, along with his research project subject, slowly rekindle Gorchakov’s longing for his homeland and send him into a deep, melancholic reverie. A profoundly personal film, filled with unforgettable imagery, Tarkovsky’s film is a testament of the filmmaker’s own conflicting thoughts regarding Russia as he considered self-imposed exile. Regent Street Cinema is Britain's oldest picturehouse. On 21 February 1896, it became the birthplace of cinema in the UK, when the Lumière brothers used their Cinematographé machine to show the earliest of moving images to a paying audience. Having reopened in May 2015, the staff have been dedicated to engaging with the cinema's groundbreaking legacy, showcasing everything from classic films, internationally acclaimed work and even the odd blockbuster. Certificate: 12A. Runtime: 2 hours 1 minute.
"Extraordinary. A glorious visual experience."