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The Steamroller and the Violin

  • Peter Green

Abstract

With something of the expressive power of a hammer and a sickle, the steamroller and the violin are brought together in what may be seen as an ideal union between physical and creative strength. In his final work at the Moscow film school (produced within the Mosfilm studios) Tarkovsky describes a simple episode — the adventures of a single day that befall the seven-year-old boy Sasha on his way to and from a violin lesson. At the centre of these experiences is his encounter and friendship with Sergei, the driver of a red steamroller.

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I only need my immortality For my blood to go on flowing from age to age.

With something of the expressive power of a hammer and a sickle, the steamroller and the violin are brought together in what may be seen as an ideal union between physical and creative strength. In…