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,…
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 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.
The power of Andrei Rublev is in its story, especially the fine details and intricacies of its story. In other words, if you were to watch this film alongside a blind person, and had to narrate and relay everything about the film, I am very confident that this would then be the blind person's favorite film. Try it! Mutter to yourself what you can see in the frame and you will experience the perfection of Tarkovsky's complex vision and composition.
In addition, Tarkovsky stuffs so much ambition into this epic tale of a Russian Iconographer, that the photography is just bursting at the seams. The commentary brought along about art, faith, and the delicacy of the human spirit up against…
I feel like the movie offers a lot more than I got out of it on this first time viewing. I thought it was great though, amazingly directed and visually fantastic with some stunning scenes. I love the fact that Andrei is really a vessel to transport the viewer through a time in Russian history, although it is a character study at the same time. His journey is bleak and always interesting, and I think has a quietly rewarding payoff. I just feel like I didn't fully grasp some of the films meaning and themes in the bigger picture. I do think that will change when I rewatch it down the road because there's very clearly a lot of stuff beneath the surface, some I was able to dig out, a lot that I think I missed.
Count me in for a reboot. Andrei Rublev 2: Andrei Reloaded.
But seriously, folks.
Andrei Rublev is sublime. Art with a capital A.
Just one of what I understand are Tarkovsky's many masterpieces (I'd only seen Ivan's Childhood before this evening), Rublev is a visceral incantation on human suffering and artistic achievement which—if boiled down to its prime essence—is a more epic and sweeping meditation on this great Orson Welles monologue from F is for Fake.
The film—for some strange reason—reminded me, visually, of wet paper. The film feels soggy, as if it's been washed out despite its already colorless palate. Speaking of color: Tarkovsky, in something like five minutes of film, shows just how powerful the use of color in film can and should be when wielded to its fullest potential.
A remarkable achievement from a remarkable artist. Rublev demands prolonged reflection, and if you'll excuse me, I think I'll be doing some of that right now.
Set Design: ★★★★★
What I Learned:
Hippies and Witches are synonymous
How to review Andrei Rublev?
I can't. It's literally impossible for a review to do this film justice.
But might I just say, never before have I sat watching my TV's blank screen after it finished, with my jaw dropped, in absolute silence, for a whole twenty minutes.
It's just that good.
I can recognize why this film is so revered, but I just didn't connect with it on any level. One of those films I'll have to revisit at some point.
Told in eight parts spanning 24 years, each segment obliquely related to the last, and with a running time of over three hours, Andrei Rublev is a capital-A Art FIlm. Would it be heresy to admit that, even as a film buff, there are times I try to avoid these movies? Something like Andrei Rublev seems such a daunting prospect, something which requires a degree of mental preparation. Add to this the fact that, as a younger film buff, I was indifferent to Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris and Stalker, and it sounded like a movie I could very well sleep through.
And yet, in an effort to work through the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? list of the 1,000 most acclaimed…
Tarkovsky's unconventional epic is an astonishing tapestry of the human condition that practically demands a second, and third, viewing.
Words cannot describe this film. Wow. Beautiful.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…