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You may dread being ground down by this extraordinary film, but fear not. It will bear you aloft.
Tarkovsky's version of an indifferent world is inflected with the spirituality that is ever-present in his work, a sense that while we may be on our own, we are never quite alone.
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.
What makes the film so powerful is how Tarkovsky's vision transcends the mere people politics of its frame to conjure an idea about Russian history and the transience of man.
As Andrei Rublev's narrative and themes pose us a challenge, so too does its climax.
a film of intense yearning that uses the medieval painter as a launching point for artistic and philosophical inquiry, which necessarily makes the film narratively disjointed and sometimes challenging to follow
May be one of the most impressive portraits of an artist ever committed to film, if mostly because it also transcends its subject as a masterful examination of medieval Russia.
Draining as it is to endure, Andrei Rublev is an intensely devoted act of respect for the artists whose brilliance and courage were equally essential to keeping the Christian flame burning through the darkest hours.
It evinces a complex understanding of spirituality and faith that would inform all of Andrei Tarkovsky's subsequent films.
It is one of the most profound and moving experiences that cinema has ever conveyed.
Andrei Tarkovsky's work is pure poetry as he dwells for over three hours on the dominions of faith, brutality, and, mainly, the role of the artist in our world. A true masterpiece that should be seen and revisited many times by those who appreciate works of Art.
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.
Tough going but definitely worth it with a slew of indelible images and scenes. Full review later.
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
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