Artists, Russian -- 15th century -- Drama, Icons -- Russia -- Drama, Rublev, Andrei, Saint, d. ca. 1430 -- Drama, Russia -- History -- 15th century -- Drama

Andrei Rublev


Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko, Nikolai Sergeyev,

Based on the life of the fifteenth-century Russian icon painter, Andrei Rublev uses history to confront the present, investigating not only humanity’s seemingly endless capacity for cruelty, but the responsibility of an artist to either fight it or record it. “I do not understand historical films which have no relevance to the present,” Tarkovsky wrote. “For me the most important thing is to use historical material to express Man’s ideas and to create contemporary characters.” The monk and painter Andrei Rublev, wandering through medieval barbarism and brutality, plays out the dilemmas facing every artist, every human, caught in a world spinning violently out of control. A grandly designed spectacle, as otherworldly and austere as Rublev’s own canvases (J. Hoberman called it “a superproduction gone ideologically berserk”), Andrei Rublev is an intense exploration of the need for faith—whether in God, in humanity, in nation, or in art—to make sense of life.

Jason Sanders
  • Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Vadim Yusov
  • Russian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W/Color
  • 'Scope DCP
  • 186 mins
  • Janus Films

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Andrei Rublev (review), Time Out New York, Steven Boone, 2002

Tarkovsky at 70 (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 2002

The poetry of apocalypse: the films of Andrei Tarkovsky (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2002

Andrei Rublev (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2000

Andrei Rublev (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2000

Andrei Roublev (distributor materials), Kino International Corporation, 1992

Think icon (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1992

A tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky (program note), Hong Kong Film Festival, 1987

Homenaje in memoriam: Andrei Tarkovski (program), Cinemateca de Cuba, 1987

A tribute to Andrei Tarkovsky (program), Hong Kong Film Festival, Michael Lam, 1987

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