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Andrei Rublev (1966)

Andrey Rublev (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 1973 (USA)
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.


(as Andrey Tarkovskiy)


(as Andrey Mikhalkov-Konchalovskiy), (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikolay Grinko ...
Daniil Chyornyy
Feofan Grek
Irina Tarkovskaya ...
Durochka (as Irma Raush)
Yuriy Nazarov ...
Velikiy knyaz, Malyy knyaz
Patrikey, monakh (as Yu. Nikulin)
Skomorokh (as R. Bykov)
Nikolay Grabbe ...
Stepan, sotnik Velikogo knyazya (as N. Grabbe)
Foma, monakh (as M. Kononov)
Stepan Krylov ...
Starshiy liteyshchik (as S. Krylov)
Bolot Beyshenaliev ...
Tatarskiy khan (as B. Beyshenaliev)
B. Matysik ...
Anatoliy Obukhov ...
Aleksey, monakh (as A. Obukhov)


Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Box Office


RUR 1,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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In the final scene, set in 1424, Rublev vows to paint an icon of the Trinity. This icon was executed in 1410, 14 years earlier. See more »


Andrei Rublyov: You just spoke of Jesus. Perhaps he was born and crucified to reconcile God and man. Jesus came from God, so he is all-powerful. And if He died on the cross it was predetermined and His crucifixion and death were God's will. That would have aroused hatred not in those that crucified him but in those that loved him if they had been near him at that moment, because they loved him as a man only. But if He, of His own will, left them, He displayed injustice, or even cruelty. Maybe those who ...
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A masterpiece.
15 November 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

One of the finest films ever made. Films like this are what give the medium its purpose. It is rich, beautifully shot and acted, and extraordinarily powerful. Like all great works of art, it requires many viewings and much thought to discover the various layers of intellectual and aesthetic meaning within it. That is why a simple description of the plot would give the prospective viewer little idea of what the movie is actually about. True, it is the tale of Russia's greatest icon painter. But it is also a rumination on art, the artist, relgion, love, culture, conformity, cruelty, and much more. See it and discuss it with some bright friends.

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