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,…
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.
Note: This review is based on the original 205 minute version named "The Passion According to Andrei". Although it's not Tarkovksy's preferred version, and the Criterion Collection DVD has weak contrast and is heavily cropped, the cut scenes add a lot of depth to the film, and I wouldn't want to watch it without them.
All my life I've wanted to be a filmmaker, and if someone asked why, I would show them Andrei Tarkovsky's epic Andrei Rublev. When I first tried watching it one year ago, I had no idea what the hell was going on, and shut it off halfway through. I tried watching it over and over and over again, but to no avail. Finally, I got…
I feel like I shouldn't review this but I'm going to try it anyway. This is no doubt, a masterpiece. The film chronicles the life of a medieval Russian icon painter (Andrei Rublev). They're isn't a strict linear narrative here, it just follows stories that happened to happen around Andrei. From violent raids from Tartars to the construction of the princes bronze bell, this film has a wide scope to it, something that the 3 hour long running time made possible. From the very beginning I was enthralled and amazed, I didn't lose interest for a second.
The music is beautiful and really pushes the film along. As you would expect from Tarkovsky, the film looks incredible, he handles everything…
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…
I don't know much about the actual subject matter but felt like this was a great way to show it. As always with Tarkovsky it's a work of art, told with rich symbolism and startling visuals. Amazing direction and performance's, I really loved how it was told in segments I do think that in some parts it worked better then in others. The best parts seem to be the start and ending, in the middle the pacing got a little slow but that doesn't ruin it overall. The score was amazing, I loved the ending although i'm not even clear as to what Tarkovsky was trying to say, either way it was beautiful.
Going into Andrei Rublev is like going to Disney World. I kept putting it off, horrified of the thought that, once started, it would end. That, plus the 3 1/2 hour run time made me fear it would never end.
Then I watched, and... it was a work of God. Of course, it was Andrei Tarkovsky who directed the film, not God; yet, the final product was so towering and immense, so emotional and ugly, profound and beautiful.
The film is great (in the truest sense) and long, achieving much that I'm sure went over my head in this first viewing. So, I'll keep this a brief and direct blurb: See the film, but wait until you're "there." In other words, you may need to psyche yourself into it before you hit play, but once you experience the film, well, you've experienced it.
I anticipate doing so many times again.
Tarkovsky's sprawling, ambitious portrait of the Russian artist and titular character, Andrei Rublev, is a vigorous, arduous watch for sure. Like all of his other films, Tarkovsky takes his time to show us what he wants to show us and it feels very personal and profound in a way that I cannot really describe. A full plate of grandiose with a side of gravitas. Not for the faint of heart, but crafted and created exactly for those who are the exact opposite.
Art can influence various aspects of life for one person or several people and Andrei Rublev showcases this. Grand and rich in beauty are the best ways I can describe this film. I love how the film is split into different parts based on seasons of the year. Leave it up to Tarkovsky to do something you haven't seen before. I really wish we got a better Criterion transfer though.
I have no other words.
Andrei Tarkovsky’s highly-regarded 1966 epic had long been something of a cinematic white whale for me, a film I knew I needed to see but one that always seemed too daunting to attempt to overcome. The film has certainly built up a large reputation over the years, frequently appearing on lists of the greatest films ever made. But whether it was running length (205 minutes in the longest version) or just the thought of spending those 205 minutes in the hands of Tarkovsky who, while a brilliant filmmaker, does not have the most immediately approachable style, the prospect of giving the film my full time and attention had always been a little troublesome (the subpar condition of the 205-minute print…
It grows with rewatch.
Amazing visual imagery and cinematography.
I'll willingly go on record saying that that Andrei Rublev features far and away some of the most gorgeous black and white photography I've ever seen. Tarkovsky and his DoP created such an immersive and authentic world. So much so, that when the epilogue of the film finally rolls around, the sudden splashes of bright colors are one of the most stunning revelations in cinema. Tarkosky loves switching between grayscale and color, but I would argue that it's never so effective as in this film. It's more than a cinematic device. It's the ultimate realization of beauty, color and art at the end of a film that's been searching for all of those things.
Let's also just say I've been…
Tarkovsky's "Andrei Rublev" is one of the few flicks that are intensely difficult to describe in terms of plot and characters .But once you give it a watch ,you'll intentionally attempt to dig the technical aspects of the film.Technically this movie works as an art house or as a historical drama .Tarkovsky is intensely talented to craft pictures that should constantly be recognized as one of the most powerful movies in the cinema history ."Rublev" is allegedly his most powerful work that provides all powerful meanings and messages .in one sentence "Tarkvosky is phenomenal"
A better movie about a painter in medeival Russia has never been made.