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…
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…
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…
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.…
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,…
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.
It's brilliant and striking, and also one hell of a slog - this is my new benchmark for "admired more than enjoyed." That said, the final chapter is really powerful and touching and eminently watchable, and it brings the rest of the film home.
Andrei Rublev is consistently referred to as master director Andrei Tarkovsky's magnum opus, and for good reason: it's a cinematically gorgeous meditation on the big questions concerning art, faith, purpose, and how to focus on beauty in an often cold and cruel world.
The film is far from candid in its unfolding of the plot itself and of the suggested interpretations of the various happenings and the musings thereafter. But the potential for understanding increases the farther we go along, much as in life. The enigmatic and logistically unconnected opening serves as an introduction to the confusion and madness our protagonist and Tarkovsky as his mirror have witnessed in two chronologically separated but otherwise very connected periods of Russian history.…
I am so skeptical of non-Russian people who say that they understand this movie
Anton Yelchin may you rest in peace.
So i have watched the last Tarkovsky film now and im going to say it he is the greatest director that has ever existed.
Portrait of the artist as a Christ-figure.
even the horses in this movie are smarter than me
Cut out two entire sections from this film and it's a masterpiece. Andrei Rublev is a masterful look at the inner workings of the mind of an artist. It goes deep into extremely spiritual and human themes. The style of the film is fantastic, as are the acting and writing. Tarkovsky takes the historical biography and makes something that I don't think has been attempted since. He makes the film incredibly personal. I don't know why no one has done it, but I think it elevates the film from standard historical biopic. The true emotions and feelings of the character at the center of a biopic are things that can never be known for sure, so why not add a…
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…