This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
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…
Really not much I can say, Andrei Rublev is a film meant to be lived, not watched, let alone read or listened. Tarkovsky was way ahead of his time, even until now in the 21st century we are still barely catching up to his artistry. His omnipotent camera dances around with the grace of a veteran ballerina, capturing the beauty of chaotic harmony with ease using his trademark looong takes. The film is massive, both in terms of theme and length. To this day I still have yet to see a work by Tarkovsky in which his overwhelming ambition doesn't show on screen. In a way, with it's awe-inspiring portrayal of medieval Russia, Rublev is Tarkovsky's Copper Bell.
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.…
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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,…
El gran error que se suele cometer a la hora de contemplar una obra de arte es desconocer el contexto, tanto histórico como personal, del artista. Si el artista es bueno, conocer el contexto es clave para entender su obra. Me temo que no conozco el contexto de Tarkovsky a la hora de grabar esta película, pero si que me ha gustado especialmente que se haya centrado en las peores partes de la vida de Andrei, y no solo en eso, porque buena parte de la película no la protagoniza Andrei, que ya de por sí tiene sus propias crisis existenciales y religiosas, sino su propio contexto, el contexto sociopolítico y religioso de la Rusia del Siglo XV. Y es…
I am fully aware that I didn't really get it. But at the same time, every one of the seven episode had moments that touched me deeply, and images that I don't think I will ever forget. I will definitely have to revisit this in several years.
One of my very very very very favorite films. I forgot how much this film meant to me. Thank god I rewatched it
Al igual que Ivanovo Destvo, esta tiene increíbles planos donde la naturaleza es protagonista, me gustaron mucho lo ángulos que iba captando la cámara en cada escena. Pero como me pasó con Solyaris, sentí que a la narrativa le faltó cohesión —probablemente se trate del propio estilo narrativo de Tarkovski—, pero la verdad me sentía perdida en varias ocasiones, y eso por supuesto me impedía conectarme del todo con lo que estaba viendo. Sin embargo, a nivel de trama, me pareció interesante que Tarkovski se sintiera tan cautivado por presentarnos a Andrei Rublev, y sobre todo en la manera que lo hizo. Diría que casi como un personaje secundario, donde el protagonismo se lo lleva el espacio y el período…
You could spend a lifetime writing about this film. It covers so many facets of the human psyche and challenges the viewer with ideas and concepts that, as we see, humans have struggled with for centuries. The most interesting aspect of the film to me was Andrei's internal struggle with himself, particularly when tasked with painting the last judgment. For him, his art was his religion. What then, are the implications of his own uncertainty over his art? At first glance I thought the film dealt with religion first and foremost, and while that's the case in a sense, it's more a matter of people in that time using the only channel they had to contemplate life. We see the…
My fourth and favorite Tarkovsky. It's extremely long, and slow, but not boring. All the events that happen during this guy's life are displayed masterfully: and it felt so real. I was experiencing all the feelings and emotions in life, in 3 and a half hours. Very cool camerawork as usual, telling the story in ways literature never could, which is Tarkovsky's goal.
Thanks to the new Artificial Eye edition, I was finally able to watch Andrei Rublev on blu-ray with a HD transfer. The film is even more stunning now that it's been properly restored.
As for the movie itself, it's very difficult to say anything about any Tarkovsky film but this one in particular. It's pure cinema and defies any attempt at explanation. For my money, this is the second greatest film ever made, behind 2001. Both those films share that pure cinematic quality, and both might leave many viewers mystified as to what's so great in them. But once they click for you, they provide unparalleled cinema that pushes the medium beyond what you thought was possible.
A spiritual epic wrought in blood, mud, sweat, milk and paint. Tarkovsky's second film concerns itself with the role of the artist in society and with the conflict between the demands of the physical world and the spiritual. Despite that, it's an admirably grimy film, full of textured, raw beauty that perfectly captures a medieval aesthetic. Also admirable is the way it frequently loses and then finds its protagonist: the wider world Rublev lives in is given just as much attention as the painter himself in a way that makes his spiritual crisis even clearer.
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