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The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had imprisoned his own family in his house for seven years to save them from the evils of the world. Seeing some deep truth in Domenico's act, Andrei becomes drawn to him. In a series of dreams, the poet's nostalgia for his homeland and his longing for his wife, his ambivalent feelings for Eugenia and Italy, and his sense of kinship with Domenico become intertwined.

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  1. Andrei Tarkovsky

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Tonino Guerra


Top Billed Cast

  1. Oleg Yankovskiy

    Oleg Yankovskiy

    Andrei Gorchakov

  2. Erland Josephson

    Erland Josephson


  3. Domiziana Giordano

    Domiziana Giordano


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    Patrizia Terreno

    Andrei's Wife

  5. Laura De Marchi

    Laura De Marchi


  6. Delia Boccardo

    Delia Boccardo

    Domenico's Wife

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Original Language Russian

Runtime 2h 0m

Budget -

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  • October 5, 1983



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