All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
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,…
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.…
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…
Now here is a film that from the outset of watching these 100 films that I knew would be a struggle to finally sit down and watch. Clocking in at 205 minutes long, it is the story of the great Russian painter Andrei Rublev during 15th century Russia. That is pretty much all I can tell you. I did find this a huge struggle although I just thought I would just sit down and watch it as the only copy I could manage to get my hands on was only 175 minutes so there are some bits I have missed out on. This is the highest placed foreign language film on the list and I can't help but…
Probably the most visually beautiful movie I can think of.
A couple of disclaimers:
I watched this over the course of three days.
These three days were over 90 degrees here in Los Angeles.
I may have picked up my phone for some of the really perplexing stuff with some prince and an Asian man.
I also had my volume turned all the way up and could barely hear background or any kind of sound design.
The transfer that I watched(and I'm sure most have watched this) was half the size of my screen.
Having said all of that I can totally understand why people consider this the film's film. It's characters are secondary to the overall scope of the film. It's got symbolism coming out of every corner, mise…
Undoubtedly one of the greatest pieces of art ever conceived, right up there with the Mona Lisa and 2001.
Needs a Criterion re-release.
One of the most beautiful and brutal films ever made. Truly exceptional and one of my favorites!
Subtitled "The Passion According to Andrei" (but auteur and subject have the same name, so whose passion it is you might still be wondering), it's Tarkovsky's early art piece. Dense and Russian and brave to make, what with censorious Soviets and whatnot. The film's loosely based on the life of Andrei Rublev, the 15th-century icon painter whose work may have ultimately resulted in the Tsardom. Tarkovsky wanted to show the artist as "a world-historic figure." ANDREI RUBLEV, an experience as it is, is always a realistic portrait of medieval Russia. Black-and-white, over three hours, a Chaucerian mix of the awfully bawdy and ingeniously holy in a ragged medieval way.
An odyssey, you know, through many chapters, by an artist! Prefaced…
Rewatched with Lauren via Hulu
DAY 8: Something Intimidating or Dense
I'm in a state of awe. Andrei Rubilev was certainly intimidating and definitely dense. I'm still intimidated by it.
The production value and authenticity of the world is staggering. There are several shots that are beautiful, massive undertakings, the kind we expect from historical epics. But instead of showing off the cinematography with a big orchestral score, there's nothing but the rustling of the world. And there is a surreal haze over everything that downplays it even more. The depth of its story and the esoteric weight of the dialogue is like Bergman's work but ever heavier. All in all, it's a masterwork of period storytelling.
Despite all this, I…
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…