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After four years of production the film by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky would be banned soon after it’s release leading it to be shown only at foreign film festivals. The film is about a Russian icon painter Andrej Rubljow and the relationship of artists and their unique power.
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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,…
"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…
Andrei Rublev is an incredibly profound film and just like Andrei Tarkovsky's other work, it is a slow paced journey, filled with contemplative conversations and mesmerizing characters. This film is divided into several segments and while I found some more interesting than others, it is a very rewarding experience as a whole. Its story is about Andrei Rublev, a russian icon painter in the 15th century, but the movie also thoroughly depicts this turbulent period, approaching themes like the Tatar invasions and the constant battles between rival princes. The camera work here is simply outstanding and I really liked how Tarkovsky filmed many scenes in the nature, having some beautiful landscapes in the background. This film is an impressive reflection of an artist's conflicts with his faith in art and religion and it's not to be missed.
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…
A film about fanatism and the importance of art and one's soul. Creating something that lasts in time as a mean to talk about the present. That and an amazing photograph of lone gone Russia.
Tarkovsky has been a risk to watch for me so far. I was bored by Stalker, amazed by Mirror and on the fence a bit with Offret. I think I've finally found the one which I am both amazed by AND that I enjoy.
With a tone which reminded me strongly of The Seventh Seal, this film is about the life of the fifteenth century Russian iconographer.
This medieval epic is difficult to fault. Stunning sets, costumes and unsurprisingly for an Andrei Tarkovsky film, wonderful cinematography. It's less of an endurance test than the other Tarkovsky films I've seen, and is instead a gripping film. In fact, it's not really gripping, that's not a good word. I mean compelling. Each line of dialogue feels like poetry. The film lingers on the discussion of faith, brutality and the significance of an artist at the time the film is set.
A brutal and challenging epic.
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I finally found the time to get watching this one, and it is one of the most unique film experience you will ever have. Their simply is not another film quite like Andrei Roublev. Comprehensive in its content and massive on a production level; this film's allegorical subject matter is something that can only be ingested on repeat viewings. In this case, I would say 3+. This is my 3rd Tarkovsky film, and the themes of faith, barbarism, humanity, spirituality and hope are amongst several in the film. Reviewing the film now would not do it justice. I may have seen over 1000+ movies, including tons of world cinema, but I didn't quite grasp everything in…
So somewhere in this movie is contained a story about an artist struggling with finding the motivation to express his creative voice when no one else seems to want to listen. Also, this movie was held back by censors from having an official wide release until five years after it was made because the director refused to make cuts after a certain point.
I don't know if I should make anything of that or not, but it affected my view of this film, and Tarkovsky's other movies. A lot of movies are colored by their historical context but this is the only one where I've seen it such a weirdly meta way.
At no point in the hours I spent watching this did I care about anything that happened to anyone in it. I was just watching events, and I could not understand why anything mattered to anyone.
I suspect that this was not entirely the point of the film, either, so it doesn't even win points for execution of a theme.
I wish I could pretend my boring work was banned for any reason other than being what it is.
Average Score: 5/5
"As regards praise, what is praised today is abused tomorrow. They will forget you, me, everything. All is vanity and ashes. Worse things have been forgotten. Humanity has already committed every stupidity and baseness and now it only repeats them. Everything is an eternal circle and it repeats and repeats itself. lf Jesus returned to earth, they would crucify him again."
Andrei Rublev is an epic portrait of the titular 15th-century artist, well known for his icons and frescos. Now, don't get me wrong: Andrei is as beautiful and sophisticated as Tarkovsky makes 'em, but the film pulled me along with a bungee cord so that it was within grasp half the time and lost from me the other half. Technically speaking, it's gorgeous. Historically speaking, it's important. Symbolically speaking, it's overwhelming. Personally speaking, I remained detached (emotionally, not bungee-wise) and didn't much enjoy myself. But I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say I'm at fault. There is one thing I didn't appreciate, and that's the animal mistreatment. I don't care if the cow is covered in asbestos, don't light it afire. And I don't care if the horse is headed to the slaughterhouse, don't push it down the stairs.
Anyway, for a second feature, Andrei Rublev is a monumental undertaking.
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