All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.
"What is praised today is abused tomorrow.
They will forget you, me, everything."
I am utterly incapable of writing a review for this film, so I am not even going to try. It would be a disservice to the film, and to Tarkovsky. This is what I like to refer to as biblical cinema; I don't mean that the film itself is religious - at times it is, though I would argue its themes are more spiritual than religious... what I mean is that it is the type of film that you can revisit throughout your life - in times of need, in times of stress, in times of sorrow, you can come to a film like this one, and…
Thanks to the power and humanism of a gripping anti-war manifesto called Ivanovo Detstvo (1962) directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, his next epic project Andrey Rublyov had a considerable amount of high expectations from the Russian audience. Naturally, something that continues happening even nowadays, the film surpassed any possible human expectation, being the cinematic result a politically brutal and violent motion picture with a highly sexual tone. The most obvious consequence was the film being prohibited by the Russian government for approximately three years, complicating a wider worldwide distribution while being subject to several edited versions mostly removing every scene involving profanity, its greatly predominant Catholic influence and the noticeably violent torture and battle sequences. Decades had to pass so the…
A brave film based loosely on the life of the painter Andrei Rublev .. the co-writer (Andrei Konchalovsky) and director Andrei Tarkovsky had to know they were facing an uphill battle considering the religious and political undertones throughout the film! What is absolutely amazing is they didn't let that stop them! (It wasn't officially released in the Soviet Union for years and when it was eventually released it was heavily censored)
This is not light viewing so don't go into it without a large bowl of popcorn and a commitment on your part to view a 205 minute film! I was particularly enamored with much of the film but I found the segment dedicated to the casting of a bell was especially interesting!
Animal Cruelty Disclaimer: most of the animal cruelty filmed is not real.. However the scene with the horse was all too real!
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There is nothing I can say or do to diminish the overwhelming power of Andrei Rublev. It feels as large and a multifaceted as the nation it takes place in, with long, calm, silent segments representing the steppes, brutal action sequences full of roaring hate and terror representing the biting tundra, and understated, question-raising dialogues about the nature of art and religion that represent the cultured views of Moscow and St. Petersburg. If not anything else, Andrei Rublev is, like the man's famous icons, an exquisitely crafted reflection of the artist/country that gave it form.
Unfortunately, the Criterion transfer of this (at least the one provided to me) is frankly awful. It's a shame,…
Seven episodes in the life of the titular medieval Russian icon painter, all of which add up to one of the most vivid and detailed cinematic depictions I've ever seen of the life of an artist. From naive optimism about human nature to an abject despair that leads him to swear off art-making for about 15 years, then finally a renewal of his passion with the help of a former monk and a young bellmaker (whose obsessive quest to finish a massive bell acts as a metaphor for the artistic process), Andrei Rublev—at least in Andrei Tarkovsky's interpretation of his life—remains consistently engaged with the world around him; in such a context, the moment where he pointedly wonders aloud if…
People always say "You can do anything you set your mind to", but is that really accurate? Could I have pursued a multitude of professions when I was growing up and determining a path for my education? Certainly. Could I have worked harder, maintained a stronger focus on my goals and been at the top of my class? Sure. It is amazing what a person can achieve when they know what they have to do to get to where they want to be.
Yet I still don't truly believe the word "anything" belongs in that first quote. Some people can work night and day and become great, but it takes more than that to be a genius of a craft.…
Dokonalé zprostředkování atmosféry Ruska v 15. století. Naturalistické zobrazení pravoslavné církve. Dlouhé záběry. Využití širokoúhlého objektivu. Epické davové scény. Zatím nejlepší středověký film, který jsem kdy viděl. Dlouhé záběry a pomalý děj zprostředkovává život středověku. Téma: síla víry a vypořádávání se s pochybovačstvím a pokušením. Po Stromu života další duchovní film, který na mě silně zapůsobil.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The majority of modern biographical films capture the life of their subject. What Tarkovsky masterfully accomplishes here is the ability to not only capture the development and importance of the subject but the world around them. He defines an era in humanity and shows us the explicit truths behind our protagonists choices.
What I am finding more and more in Tarkovsky's films is an overarching theme dealing with an intimate subject matter relating to humanity. The list will likely grow as I see more films, but currently its: Ivan's Childhood = instinctual protection and vengeance; Solaris = the idea of love; Nostalghia = the weight of our pasts and in Andrei Rublev I believe Tarkovsky focuses on the evil in…
I love episodic films.
Although it's Tarkovsky's longest, it's also his most watchable. This is the last Tarkovsky film I will ever see and it's also my favorite
You know what this reminded me of? Game of Thrones, where I can't remember who's who, I don't know any of the lore (or in this case, medieval Russian history), nor am I able to efficiently process the old manner of speaking so the significance of most events are lost on me, leaving behind an impression of only violence and nudity.
It also doesn't help that while I'm trying to decipher the complex, antiquated lyric of the 15th-century spoken text, which the English subtitles impressively (and frustratingly) carried over from the original Russian transcript, I'm simultaneously trying my best to appreciate the visual splendor of the film.
Lawlessness and technology-deprivation begets unregulated brutality and oppression. In the case of Game…
Man, I'd watch Tarkovsky film slow tracking shots into water for hours. Although there is more than just that here.*
*Seriously, there didn't need to be.
"God will forgive you; don't forgive yourself. Live between divine forgiveness and your own torment."
This is the advice of Theophanes the Greek to the titular character, and it shows how foreign the characters' humility is to the modern experience. This heady dialogue gets thrown out a lot, to the point that you feel tempted to call the language stylized. But if all you did all day was think about your responsibility to God, you would probably speak profoundly too. That's what makes the film feel so spiritually urgent, even as it stretches past three hours. At times it tells us instead of shows us how characters have changed, but that sort of telegraphing is always in service of rich…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Movie #18 from 25 films >10 years old list.
I was anticipating this film for its reviews as one of the greatest films of all time. It is a historical film, loosely based on the life of Andrei Rublev, the great 15th-century Russian monk and religious icon painter.
There are a number of versions of this film. Apparently the version I watched was edited down to 3 hours from its original 3.5 hour length (for which I was quite grateful to be honest).
The film depicted a tortured time in medieval Russian history - an era of religious and political oppression. The theme that I found most fascinating was Rublev's personal ambivalence and inner turmoil with his image of God…
Both intellectually and emotionally enthralling from start to finish. Arguably the most powerful piece of art about art ever created--right up there with All That Jazz
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…