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Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev (1973)


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Widely recognized as a masterpiece, Andrei Tarkovsky's 205-minute medieval epic, based on the life of the Russian monk and icon painter, was not seen as the director intended it until its re-release over twenty years after its completion. The film was not screened publicly in its own country (and then only in an abridged form) until 1972, three years after winning the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Calling the film frightening, obscure, and unhistorical, Soviet

Feb 2, 1999

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Rublev was a minor icon-painter of the early 1400s. Tarkovsky re-imagines him as a Christ-like cypher for the sufferings of a divided Russia under the Tartar invaders.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Since there always seems to be more going on in the head of the film's director than in the head of the man playing Andrei, the system did not work for me.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (6)
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Stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we've come to expect from Tarkovsky.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Tarkovsky merges dour meditation with barnburner technique in this overwhelming parable

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Devoid of conventional genre traits and cinematic formula, Andrei Rublev is deeply unsettling -- and absolutely unmissable.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

Even while struggling to make sense of the movie's frequent obscurities, it's impossible not to be moved by the intensity of Tarkovsky's vision.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A very impressive synthesis of personal filmmaking and epic aspiration.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Tarkovsky makes his film one of the most convincing portrayals in art of an artist; he succeeds by concentrating on the man's humanity.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

It is not a film that needs to be processed or even understood, only experienced and wondered at.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

A difficult, long, sometimes brutal work that truly justifies the term 'epic' -- not in the overused sense that has come to mean big and loud -- in both vision and execution.

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Restored to its original cut (180 minutes), Tarkovsky's glorious masterpiec, an epic yet personal tale about the conflict between artists and society, is justly considered as one of the most important Russian films ever made; on par with Eisenstien's best

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)

One of cinema's most vivid portrayals of the artistic process.

November 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A strange and most challenging film

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

One of the best films about an artist, if not the best.

February 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A virulent assault on all that is wrong with Mother Russia, both past and present. One of the most significant movies of its (and all) time.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinemania

The notion of art as a 'religious experience' is sometimes bandied about too freely. Tarkovsky is one of a handful of filmmakers for whom this ideal was no cheap metaphor.

October 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

It's Tarkovsky's lighter touches, coupled with his majestic vision, that makes Andrei Rublev such compulsive viewing some 25 years after its original release.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Perfection lingers in each frame as Tarkovsky crafts one of the finest films ever made, an ecstatic story about art that has little interest in the artist himself, but in the power of art to transcend the age that produces it.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source:

One of cinema's stunning achievements. If God ever watched a movie, he might well pick this one.

August 17, 2003
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While the pacing of the film is deliberate and the presentation frequently abtruse, the stunning compositions, elaborate camera movements, compelling performances -- provide ample reward, if you are willing to make the effort.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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Audience Reviews for Andrei Rublev

The power of Andrei Tarkovsky's work lies in its storytelling and sense of visuals, using both aspects of film, he sucks you in and you are taken on an ambitious journey. With this stunning epic, he crafts a grand portrait of Andrei Rublev, a medieval Russian painter. The film is steadily paced, slow, and it takes time for the story to unfold, but things start to pick towards the middle of the film, and there are several interesting and engaging segments, which are divided in seven parts. This film never saw a proper release when completed in the 60's, as Soviet authorities deemed it too religious and they took it upon themselves to cut plenty of the footage out of the film. I enjoyed this film, and I thoroughly enjoy big, ambitious films that are grand, take risks and are memorable. This is superb filmmaking, and I believe it is one of the finest foreign epics in cinema. Brilliantly constructed, directed, acted and shot, Andrei Rublev is a grand picture that is purely and simply, masterful filmmaking. Andrei Tarkovsky is what I would call an acquired taste, his films are a bit hard to get into, but once you do get into them, you're just so involved at what he accomplishes with his camera. I would say he was the Russian equivalent of Stanley Kubrick, because he is simply an artist, his vision and ideas and one of a kind, and though this is my second film of Tarkovsky's that I have watched, the first being Solaris, which for me is his masterwork, and a masterpiece of Science Fiction. His visionary storytelling is what makes him unique, and he tackles big, ambitious topics that are terrific entertainment for film enthusiasts that are looking for some of the finest "art" films in the cinematic medium. Tarkovsky's crafts a solid picture that has a great story, and since it's divided in parts, some viewers might find that a few segments are better than others, and that's understandable. However as a whole, this is a satisfying, and truly unique viewing experience, and we get to see a director who is at ease with such grand ideas of storytelling, and in the end, we get an experience like no other, and for true film lovers, we couldn't ask for any more.
May 11, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Tarkovsky's art is pure poetry, and it carefully lingers for over three hours through the dominions of faith, brutality and mainly the role of the artist in the world. A true masterpiece that should be seen and revisited many times by those who appreciate works of art.
March 10, 2012

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Tough going but definitely worth it with a slew of indelible images and scenes. Full review later.
October 7, 2011
Thomas Bowler

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I can't say I understood it, but I found it enthralling.

I'll be able to write a more in depth review after a few more viewings...maybe
April 16, 2008

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