''The Mirror'' (Зеркало, Zerkalo) is a 1975 semi-autobiographical film by Creator/AndreiTarkovsky. It is difficult to describe because of the plot, whose non-linear nature defies any kind of concrete narrative structure. It is best to describe it as the thoughts and recollections of Alexei (Ignat Daniltsev) and his son Ignat (Ignat Daniltsev) about his mother Maria (Margarita Terekhova) and wife Natalia (Margarita Terekhova). These memories stretch from the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar to the present day. The film was never offically released due to GosKino complaints, but has recently been released on DVD and subsequently welcomed into the Tarkovsky oeuvre.
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!! Tropes in this film:

* ActingForTwo: Margarita Terekhova in ''The Mirror''. See {{Doppelganger}} below for why.
* AuthorAvatar: Alexei.
* AutobiographicalRole: Tarkovsky's mother plays Maria's mother. His father recites the poem.
* BasedOnATrueStory
* BioPic
* CivilWar: The Spanish Civil War appears in stock footage in ''The Mirror'' and two characters there fled from Spain to the USSR then.
* TheDanza: IgnatDaniltsev as Ignat.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Typical Tarkovsky. Monochrome sequences appear throughout the movie.
* {{Doppelganger}}: Margarita Terekhova plays both Alexei's mother and Alexei's wife Natalia, as well as a random ginger-haired girl, to illustrate that Alexei's lack of a father figure and subsequent reliance on his mother causes him to compare all the women he knows to his mother.
* {{Fanservice}}: Alexei's mother in ''The Mirror'' takes a shower in full view of the camera.
* GainaxEnding
* UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar
* HeyItsThatGuy: Hey, it's [[AnatolySolonitsyn Writer]] from ''{{Film/Stalker}}'', or ''AndreiRublev'', or Sartorius from ''Literature/{{Solaris}}'', playing the doctor at the beginning!
* LifeEmbellished
* ProductionPosse: Common collaborators such as Tarkovsky's father, Arseny, wrote the poems. Meanwhile AnatolySolonitsyn appeared as a doctor.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDV94Iti5ic Herr, unser Herrscher]]" from the Johannes-Passion by JohannSebastianBach plays at the end.
* RandomEventsPlot
* SceneryPorn
* StockFootage: ''The Mirror'' has lots of stock footage, including scenes of:
** Soviet balloons.
** The Spanish Civil War.
** The Great Patriotic War.
** The Sino-Soviet Border War.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/BibiAndersson and Creator/AllaDemidova were considered for the role of Maria/Natalia.
* WriteWhatYouKnow
* WriteWhoYouKnow
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