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…
PTAbro's World Tour Stop 17: Russia
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,…
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!
First viewing on the Distinction Series box-set at 175 minutes. Although this is not the intended original cut (available on Criterion at 205 minutes); there is still an unfathomably vast scope from Tarkovsky that cannot be summarized in a few words. In fact, it's a downright challenging endeavor to offer any kind of critical assessment. After having watched his elliptical debut Ivan's Childhood and richly profound Solaris, it was time for Andrei Rublev, and by this point I'm cementing the work as his most assuredly accomplished yet. However; that's merely a statement with where I am in his filmography. There's still a wholly satisfying journey along the way. Throughout the following week, it'll be a pleasure to experience The Mirror…
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…
There is so much that could be said about this film. It's a sprawling masterpiece, displaying squalor and splendor in equal measure, and it's one of the most perfect depictions I've ever seen of the creative struggle. Here's the review I wrote the first time I saw it:
I think everything in there still stands.
The second leg of my Tarkovsky box set festival; and with this biographical epic tale of iconic painter Andrei Rublev in 15th Century Russia, Tarkovsky continues with some wonderful captured black and white photography with added camera movement that is a clear improvement on his debut Ivan's Childhood, but again here I had the same problem, whilst the focus was on the central character the film is really engaging but once we turn and look away from Andrei the film just didn't do anything for me. For a film that pushes the 3 hour mark in runtime, it was noticeable after the credits roll that the time really did fly by, which is credible considering how I wasn't particularly enamoured…
Impenetrable, beautiful, and eventually astonishing.
ein ganz großer Film, der sich alles traut, keine kompromisse eingeht, die Objekte sind mehr bei Tarkovskiy, sie sind immer aufgeladen mit einer Bedeutung, die nicht schwanger geht und einen dicken Bauch kriegt sondern zurückhaltend, in höchstem maße subtil und uneindeutig ist, eine Poesie die aus der Physis der Objekte entspringt, die keine simplen Symbole sind, der ganze Film reflektiert sich im silber der Glocke, eine unheimliche Spannung, begeisternd gut, größer noch als Stalker
Андрей Рублёв is just the amount of great as it's duration is. It's ethereal at times, but harsh and realistic at others. It's not a religious film, but a very spiritual one. Even if you are an atheist. Amazing and probably one of the best Tarkovsky I've watched (yes, I can't decide which masterpiece is the best, sorry).
"I am what I am. You couldn't teach me integrity."- Andrei Rublev
Andrei Tarkovsky's sophomore effort is stunning to look at, but far too long and pretty damn tedious. Sure there were a couple segments I enjoyed, but for the most part it just didn't hold my interest. I am now a bit nervous about the rest of Tarkovsky's filmography. Not the best film to start off the year with. 5/10
Acceptable first part with a few good moments and great second part. First Tarkowski battle scene I have scene and the second half is also pretty fast paced for a Tarkowski movie. As it is not only better than the first one, but also elevates it, I have to give "Andrej Rubljow" four stars.
A fantastic film about the difficulties of being an artist in a society where no one appreciates creativity.
If any one film could be watched relentlessly without ever losing its sense of mystery and profundity, this is probably it. I love that after spending a difficult three hours in the tumultuous life of this man and his nation, Tarkovsky points the camera to Rublev's work and unflinchingly asks, "Is the outcome worth the struggle?"
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
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