Violin And Roller

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Made as a student project during his training at the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow by Tarkovskiy in collaboration with his friends and fellow students Konchalovskiy (who is credited by some as codirector) and cinematographer Yusov, this film is the touching story of a day in the life of two unlikely friends. Zamanskiy is a...read more

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Made as a student project during his training at the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow by Tarkovskiy in collaboration with his friends and fellow students Konchalovskiy (who is credited by some as codirector) and cinematographer Yusov, this film is the touching

story of a day in the life of two unlikely friends. Zamanskiy is a tractor-driving road worker who defends young violin student Fomchenko from a group of teasing hooligans. The seven-year-old artist then shares the proletarian's lunch with him as they converse. The boy takes a ride on the tractor

and in return plays his violin for the driver. The experience is revelatory for them both. A perspective of the world as revealed through the observations of the very young is a familiar theme in Soviet cinema, and the creators of this picture have handled it beautifully here. Their sensitivity

with sound, and the nuances of Ovchinnikov's score, work wonderfully with the visuals. Due to difficulties with the Cyrillic alphabet, the names of the cast and crew members are often spelled in different ways when translated into English; one source credits direction to Alexi Tartovsky. However

the name is spelled, the talented director went on after graduation to become one of the Soviet Union's most respected filmmakers, as did his coscripter Konchalovskiy.

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