Welcome back to Intermission, a spin-off podcast from The Film Stage Show. In a time when arthouse theaters are hurting more than ever and there are a plethora of streaming options at your fingertips, we wanted to introduce new conversations that put a specific focus on the films that are foundational or perhaps overlooked in cinephile culture. Led by yours truly, Michael Snydel (co-host of The Film Stage Show), Intermission is a 1-on-1 supplementary discussion podcast that focuses on one arthouse, foreign, or experimental film per episode as picked by the guest.
For our fourth episode, I talked with The Film Stage contributor Logan Kenny about Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mirror, which is currently available on The Criterion Channel. A Russian auteur unfairly accused of a punishing austerity for much of his career, his 1975 film is a ravishing piece of autofiction that bleeds together the past, present, and future into a non-linear vision that’s less interested in continuity than a bracing emotional logic. It’s a film fixated on memory but not the full stories that shape us as much as the visual shards that inflect a persons’ subconscious and their perception of time.
If there’s a constant in the conversation on this episode, it’s the embrace of death and “ends” as a chance for reflection. Coming at a tragic time, this conversation was recorded shortly after my guest, Logan, learned about the passing of his friend, Eli Hayes. Hayes was a critic and filmmaker who’s been published on The Film Stage before, but he also had an expansive body of work outside this site. Today’s episode begins with a conversation about the ways Tarkovsky subverts the usual portrayal of time and memory in Mirror – but it organically transitions into a larger discussion about film as a method of preservation and the power of watching a film at different times in one life. Given the circumstances, I’m so happy that Logan was able to join me and be so open-hearted in this conversation.
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