Andrei Rublev (1973)
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One of the more important Russian films of the 1960s recalls the life of icon painter Andrei Rublev. Andrei (Anatoly Solonitsin) becomes award of the peasant struggle when he goes to work at the home of a nobleman. During a raid by the Tartars, he kills a man when he comes to the aid of a woman. Rublev becomes a monk and temporarily turns his back on artistic pursuits. He eventually returns to painting although he never abandons his newfound awareness of class and political conflict. The film is in black and white except when depicting the works of art by the famous artist. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1966, the feature premiered at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival. It did not appear in Russia until 1971. The feature was censored for internal distribution and the full length release did not appear in Russia until the early 1980s. Only because of Tarkovsky's international reputation as a brilliant filmmaker was the film later allowed to be shown in it's entirety. It marks one of the first times a feature was allowed to be presented on its own merits. History is destined to repeat as illustrated by the centuries old struggles of the poor and oppressed in this depressing but influential feature, Takovsky's second effort. … More
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Critic Reviews for Andrei Rublev
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.
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.
Stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we've come to expect from Tarkovsky.
If cinephilia has a literal holy text, to be referred to and examined in times of joy and stress and sorrow, it is this.
You can object to [Tarkovsky's] vision as messianic and sometimes fundamentalist. It is hard, however, to mock the impact of his films.
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.
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.
Tough going but definitely worth it with a slew of indelible images and scenes. Full review later.
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