All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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!
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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,…
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.
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…
Not only is this Tarkovsky’s best film, it might also be his most accessible. While it clearly has the elements of a precision art film, it is also full of intensity, humor, action, and high drama. A sprawling and stunningly gorgeous epic that does something truly rare: it captures a full life of faith (highs and lows, complexities and simplicities, piety and sin). A masterpiece that will pierce your conscious.
Tarkovsky continues to floor me with his poetic vision and mastery of film. Andrei Rublev is an epic film unlike any I have ever seen. It literally made me feel imbued into 15th century life. Andrei Rublev ponders the role of the artist in harsh times. I was floored by just how monumental this film truly was. Some of the shots had me racking my brain as to how they were even accomplished. A historical, potent masterpiece.
The more there is evil in the world, the more we have reasons to create beauty. It is doubtless harder, but it is also more necessary. - Andrei Tarkovsky (1986)
Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev has long been the single film in his filmography that I never went back to watch, intimidated by the long running time and put off by its narrative denseness but there is no filmmaker whom I admire more. So when I received my imported Mosfilm release of the film on blu-ray I decided it was time to tackle it again and to finally absorb Andrei Rublev properly.
(Note: the Mosfilm blu-ray is the shorter (USSR) cut, running 175mins as opposed to the 205 mins of Criterion's release)…
Stalker is a little under three hours of people walking around throwing nuts tied off with gauze.
The Mirror is a mess of fragmented scenes that don't always make sense.
Andrei Rublev is a disjointed narrative with seemingly random leaps forward in time and no clear focus.
Fuck, I love Tarkovsky, and I have no idea why.
I felt about this the way I've felt about most Ingmar Bergman films I've seen... It's surely excellent filmmaking, I just find it pretty inaccessible.
'Ivan's Childhood' aside (Tarkovskys most accessible by far), I think 'The Mirror', 'Stalker' and 'Solaris' are pretty challenging, complex and extremely rewarding films (All 5/5 in my opinion). However, I believe the difference between those films and 'Andrei Rublev' is that here he doesn't seem to be saying anything personal here.
I plan to rewatch this again in the future, as it will require multiple rewatches for me to unpack everything here, but it was cold and isolating on this first viewing. There was a different feeling after finishing other Takovsky films... An awe that this just didn't inspire.
P.S. - this is almost the same exact way I felt after watching Seven Samurai. (Maybe it's me)
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.…
Andrei Rublev is a highly religious affair and one must be aware of that before sitting down to watch this film. It is also about the struggles of artists and such creative types. This can also be considered a movie epic in the most unconventional sense. Andrei Rublev has a sort of mysterious quality to it that can often be baffling but also quite powerful and moving. It has a very personal touch to it that is often devoid in other epics. There is a big focus on the main character's humanity in this as well. One thing the viewers must be aware of is that Andrei Rublev is all about experiencing rather than dissecting. Action sequences are limited in…
This is not a biopic, this is not a test.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…