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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…
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.
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…
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…
Andrei Rublev (1966) - 9,5
Masterpiece from Tarkovsky.
Period film set in the Middle Age period loosely based on the life of the artist referenced by the title, one of the most important painters to ever live in Russia. This film is dense and quite nuanced, probably unfair for me to describe its essence in few words because I feel I still haven't dissected all its substance, I want to see it again soon. Very briefly, it seems an essay about the roles and relationship of Art and Faith in that particular socio-religious construct, about the character of a true artist and his endurances to remain truthful to oneself no matter what happens in one's life, the implications and symbolisms…
too high-level for me, maybe one day
This is the most I've ever felt the length of an Andrei Tarkovsky movie, but on the other hand, I'm pretty sure it's his longest one.
At any rate, there are, as you might expect, moments and images here that burn themselves into your brain. But there's also a lot of scenes where nothing happens for long enough for me to go from intrigued to contemplative to bored to "did I blink or doze off for a couple of hours, and why are we still on this shot?"
So for me, it's his most epic, ambitious work, but by no means his best. Though obviously, if you're a fan, it's well worth seeing.
Mind you, if you're a fan, you've more likely than not already seen it anyway, and you strongly disagree with my opinion.
Sorry for wasting your time.
Mesmerizing masterwork from the great Tarkovsky. Shows how even in the worst of times, beauty can still rear it's head. Andrei Rublev blew me away.
There's Tarkovsky and then there's everyone else.
I avoided Tarkovsky's "masterpiece" because I convinced it was going to be his most slow and boring, but instead found it to be the sweeping and meaningful epic that it is touted to be. At 3 and a half hours, the only part I found somewhat too long was the building of the bell. Barely a minute of film is wasted here, with every frame contributing to the story of the new rising regime in Russia, told in 7 interesting tableaux. The main character is introduced subtly a ways into the film, as he is only a victim of the times and is forced to react and ponder the meaning of the changing world around him and what it will mean for art. Battle scenes are incredible, as is cinematography. I'm not saying I understood it all, but I loved it all.
Sí, creo que tengo debilidad por el cine sobre artistas y sobre el arte en general. También por Tarkovsky, obviamente. Hay algo en este tipo de meditaciones que me hace sentir estar frente algo mucho más grande y tan bello que pone mis rodillas a temblar. Podría culpar al hipsterismo generacional y la vida escolar por las fijaciones, pero, posiblemente, me salga mejor aceptar mi responsabilidad en estas cosas.
Andrei Rublev, ademas, se siente como algo único, una película sobre un pintor donde nadie pinta, donde rara vez aparece una pintura. Una película con largas secuencias de acción donde se habla de la función del arte, del artista y del espíritu. Una película, que, principalmente, trata sobre la identidad rusa…
Most good art is more or less a result of its time. The artist will often attempt to find a compelling way in which to respond to these times, however beautiful or unrelentingly ugly they may be, through their medium. One could even argue that art that does not, even in some minor way, reflect a significant portion of where we are, and where they (the artist) were, is not art at all. You wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. Andrei Rublev is a film not only about art, and its place in history as well as the artist’s cultural importance, but also the dedication to faith, the falling out, the confrontations with severe doubt and guilt, the influence of authority on…
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