- Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 21, 2014
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Newly mastered in HD from archival 35 mm film elements
- Optional English subtitles
- Theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Italian, Russian
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Los Angeles Times - 08/22/1994
"...In its stately, measured way NOSTALGHIA, in its culminating spirit of affirmation, becomes akin to a religious experience..."
New York Times - 01/24/2014
"[P]ure meteorology, opening with a panoramic view of a granular mist rising from and rolling across a Tuscan landscape in a shot long enough for you to marvel at the artist's seeming capacity to direct the weather."
Director Andrei Tarkovsky recasts his lifelong cinematic motif of humanity's quest for faith in the waterlogged and mist-ensconced countryside of Italy for his philosophical masterpiece NOSTALGHIA. Andrei Gorchakov (Oleg Yankovsky) is a misanthropic Russian scholar researching the life of an exiled Russian composer who committed suicide. With the help of his beautiful guide, Eugenia (Domiziana Giordano), Andrei visits mystical and religious sites on the trail of the late composer's legacy. In the shadow of the doomed composer's memory, Andrei finds himself crippled by a melancholy nostalgia for his Russian homeland, only to discover redemption in the form of a madman, Domenico (Erland Josephson), whom he encounters at St. Catherine's pool, a religious site in Sienna. Domenico, a former professor who once locked his family away for seven years in anticipation of Armageddon, now leads a seemingly insane existence, believing that if he can travel across the pool with a lighted candle, he can save all of humanity. As in his mystical film THE MIRROR, Tarkovsky weaves a dense, mediatative pattern of images--freely mixing past and present, dream and reality, color and black and white, landscape and architecture--with the scholar and the madman acting as allegorical players in a metaphysical trial by fire and water.
While on a sabbatical to rural Italy with his lovely but affectedly modern assistant, a contemplative Russian poet experiences vivid memories of hidden parts of his past. These flashbacks lead him into a spiritual quest with the village's resident mystic.