Andrei TarkovskyUSSR205 minutes1966ColourB&WRussian
"The most historically audacious Soviet production since Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible" (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice). We present the full-length version of Tarkovsky's masterpiece, almost a full hour longer than the version originally released here. Banned in the USSR for many years, Andrei Rublev is now considered the greatest postwar Soviet film. A magnificent "life" of the 15th-century monk and icon painter, who clung to his faith despite the atrocities he witnessed around him, this vivid recreation of the Middle Ages is charged with barbaric poetry; the closing sequence of the casting of the giant church bell transforms physical toil into one of the most profound instances of spiritual struggle in all cinema. "A film of spiritual power and epic grandeur, recreating 15th-century Russia with a vividness unmatched by any historical film I can think of. It may be Tarkovsky's greatest work" (Philip French).