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The Sacrifice [DVD] [1986]

Release Date:05/15/2018
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    Special Features

    • Booklet with excerpts from Andrei Tarkovsky's diaries (courtesy of Seagull Books) and an essay by film scholar Robert Bird
    • Disc 1: Audio Commentary by Layla Alexander-Garrett, Tarkovsky's translator on the set of The Sacrifice
    • Disc 2: Directed by Andrei Tarkovsy, a documentary on the making of The Sacrifice (102 Minutes)
    • Interview with Michal Leszczylowski, Co-Editor of The Sacrifice and Director of Directed By Andrei Tarkovsky
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    The Sacrifice
    The Sacrifice, director Andrei Tarkovsky's final film, begins in Bergmanesque fashion on a small, remote island, where friends and family gather for drama critic Alexander's (Erland Josephson) birthday celebration. The revelry is interrupted by a radio announcement: World War III has begun, and Mankind is only hours away from utter annihilation. Each of the guests reacts differently to the news: the most dramatic response is Alexander's, who promises God that he'll give up everything he holds dear--including his beloved 6-year-old son -- if war is averted. Allan Edwall, a local mailman with purported mystical powers, offers to intervene with the Creator on Josephson's behalf. The Sacrifice is so dependent upon its visuals and overall mood that any attempt at a detailed synopsis would be woefully inadequate. The willingness of Tarkovsky's protagonist to forego all his possessions may well have sprung from the cancer-ridden director's awareness that he, too, would soon be giving up everything to face his Maker. The Sacrifice won four awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Grand Prix. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Erland Josephson
      Erland Josephson - Alexander
    • Susan Fleetwood
      Susan Fleetwood - Adelaide
    • Allan Edwall
      Allan Edwall - Otto
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      Gudrún Gísladóttir - Maria
    • Valérie Mairesse
      Valérie Mairesse - Julia

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