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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…
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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,…
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!
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…
I did it.
Another Russian film that is slow moving, mostly boring, and way too long. I appreciate the intent, the storytelling style, and the quality of filmmaking, but I found no reason to care about any of the characters and my interest was piqued only sporadically throughout its 3.5 hour duration. It was a bit difficult to tell some of the characters apart. I found the bell segment to be the most interesting. The cow on fire was pretty cool too.
With Tarkovsky's films I find the first viewing to mainly be exploratory, a general survey of the land, tentative mapmaking and notetaking with an eye towards future visits. This being the case, there is little I want to say about Andrei Rublev yet other than that it is a masterpiece.
But you already know that.
I do want to note that to create one scene in this movie, a horse was shot, pushed down a flight of stairs, stabbed repeatedly with a spear and then killed. Yes, the horse in question was purchased from a slaughterhouse and would have been killed anyhow, but nonetheless I find Tarkovsky's choice to commit such an act of animal cruelty in the name of his art to be morally objectionable.
This might be the most well made and detailed movie I've ever seen before.
"no obstante, ¿acaso no es lo más bello?"
A compassionate, humanistic exploration of a nomadic artist's struggles through temptations, motivations and eventual redemption.
Tarkovsky wrote in his diary: "Talent is a misfortune, for on the one hand it entitles a person to neither merit nor respect, and on the other it lays on him tremendous responsibilities".
Still a masterpiece.
έπος επτασφράγιστο κ απόμακρο - επικίνδυνο, ωμό κ βαρύ το φλερτ με το μεταφυσικό, η ισχύς της τέχνης κ της έμπνευσης όμως καθορίζονται εδώ μόνο από το ανθρώπινο πνεύμα κ από κανένα άλλο.
δε θυμάμαι πόσα χρόνια σιγοψηνόταν στο μυαλό μου εκείνη η καμπάνα...
With this being the only Tarkovsky film I have seen twice, I'm happy to say I enjoyed it much more the second time, feeling less bored and far more involved than the I did during my first viewing. Grand in scale and unfolding through short vignettes, the film again feels like it needs to be studied and explored in order to be understood fully and I do accept that this could put people off. Tarkovsky films are definitely not there for casual film viewers but offer up a wealth of riches when properly examined. Because this was my second time watching the film, I tried not to get too immersed and approached it academically but this only ended up getting…
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