The Steamroller and the
A lost masterwork from the
legendary director of Andrei Rublev, Solaris, and The
Facets Video will release
Steamroller and the Violin, a lost masterwork from legendary director
Tarkovsky, on DVD and VHS on June 11, 2002. DVDs and VHS tapes will
retail at $24.95 each.
The astonishing discovery
of 28-year-old Andrei Tarkovsky’s diploma film The Steamroller and the
Violin is a revelation. At the centre of the film is the unlikely friendship
between Sasha, a young boy who loves to play the violin, and Sergey, the
macho driver of a steamroller. The film sidesteps sentimentality to give
us a warm yet ironic look at two individuals who bridge differences in
generations to form a powerful bond.
Available here for the first
time, The Steamroller and the Violin features a brilliantly natural
performance from the young Igor Fomchenko, in a film that is memorable
and deeply affecting – a re-discovered gem that strikes close to the heart.
The Steamroller and the
Violin is presented in a full-screen transfer rescued from the Russian
archives. The DVD features include a Tarkovsky biography, and a Tarkovsky
KATOK I SKRIPKA. With
Igor Fomchenko, V. Zamansky, and N. Arhangelskaya. Written by Andrei Konchalovsky
and Andrei Tarkovsky, from a story by S. Bakhmetyeva. Directed by Andrei
Tarkovsky. Camera Operator: Vadim Yusov. Sound: V. Krachkovski. Production
Designer: S. Agoyan. Production Director: A. Karetin. Original music: V.
Ovchinnikov. Film editing: L. Butuzovoy. Produced by United Literature
of Children’s Films Production.
Russian with English subtitles.
1960 / U.S.S.R. / color
/ 43 mins. © Mosfilm 1960.
Catalog# DV67514 - UPC#
736899040222 - ISBN# 1565803124
Catalog# 42968 - UPC# 736899855536
- ISBN# 1565803116
The release of The Steamroller
and the Violin continues Facets' commitment to Russian cinema. The
Steamroller and the Violin joins such other Russian films on the Facets
Video Label as We Are Going To America (directed by Efim Gribov),
(directed by Peter Lutsik), and Out of the Present
Andrei Ujica), as well as three Communist Musicals directed by Grigori
Alexandrov, four films about Stalinism directed by Semeon Aranovich, and
three late- and post-Soviet films directed by Boris Frumin.
soon on the Facets Video Label: We Are Going To America (VHS, street
date: April 23, 2002); Keep Your Right Up!, directed by and starring
Jean-Luc Godard (DVD and VHS, street date: May 14, 2002); True Life
video stories (DVD, street date: July 2, 2002); films from Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
(street date: August 13, 2002); and films from Jan Nemec, James Fotopoulos,
and Amos Gitai.
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and laser discs. Through extensive national marketing to consumer, institutional,
and retail markets, Facets is a primary source of films on video, laser
disc, and DVD. The Facets collection represents over 50,000 individual
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The Steamroller and
Preorder Date: May 28, 2002
Street Date: June 11, 2002