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Andrei Rublev (1966)
"Andrey Rublyov" (original title)

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

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(as Andrey Tarkovskiy)

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(as Andrey Mikhalkov-Konchalovskiy) , (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ...
Ivan Lapikov ...
Kirill
Nikolay Grinko ...
Daniil Chyornyy
Nikolay Sergeev ...
Feofan Grek
Irina Tarkovskaya ...
Durochka (as Irma Raush)
Nikolay Burlyaev ...
Yuriy Nazarov ...
Velikiy knyaz, Malyy knyaz
Yuriy Nikulin ...
Patrikey, monakh (as Yu. Nikulin)
Rolan Bykov ...
Skomorokh (as R. Bykov)
Nikolay Grabbe ...
Stepan, sotnik Velikogo knyazya (as N. Grabbe)
Mikhail Kononov ...
Foma, monakh (as M. Kononov)
Stepan Krylov ...
Starshiy liteyshchik (as S. Krylov)
Bolot Beyshenaliev ...
Tatarskiy khan (as B. Beyshenaliev)
B. Matysik ...
Pyotr
Anatoliy Obukhov ...
Aleksey, monakh (as A. Obukhov)
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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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Metal being cast while molten is generally accomplished using a special type of totally dry sand for the mold, not clay. Clay normally contains moisture and should not be used for casting metal because when the metal touches the clay, steam is produced in large volumes, causing the metal to splash about wildly. Evidently neither Tarkovsky nor Konchalovsky (the scriptwriters) knew this, or if the film is historically accurate, then there must have commonly been a lot of injuries or deaths in the Russian bell casting trade in the 15th century. See more »

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The smoothly-cut logs that feature many times in the early scenes are clearly cut with machinery not available in the early C15th. See more »

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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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There are no end credits, not even a 'THE END' title. The film fades to black after the final shot. See more »

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What side will you take?
21 March 2005 | by (Russia) – See all my reviews

Some historical knowledge will definitely not hurt while watching this film.

The medieval society was deeply religious. The church influenced every aspect of people's lives from birth to death and was part of the state. It means religious leaders were as important as rulers.

In Russian society men were wearing beards and women covered hairs. Remove a beard from a man or uncover woman's hair and you will humiliate them, they would feel like modern people being undressed in public.

Paganism is a form of religion, where people believe in many gods instead of one. The main Russian pagan gods are the goddess of the earth and the god of the sun. Among others - the god of storms and lightning, the mythical young women living in forests and rivers. Despite many centuries of suppression of paganism by authorities some in modern Russia still celebrate the feast of Ivan Kupala (which could be translated as Ivan Gathering) depicted in the movie.

Also I have to mention, that Soviet censors told Tarkovski the movie is too cruel. They told him the scene with a burning cow, for example, is absolutely unacceptable. Tarkovski tried to defend the movie. The cow wasn't harmed, was his reasoning. Still the film was cut. The censors knew better what is good and what is not for the viewer.

This brings us to what is the message of Tarkovski in this film. There are many messages actually. I'll be telling only about one here, because it is not hidden. It is there, in the dispute between Rublov and Theophanes The Greek. They both are talented, both want to bring people to humanity. Theophanes is tired, he says - common people live in darkness, they are completely consumed by sin and the only way to make them humans is to scare them and punish them. Rublov advocates for love. He says: people live very difficult life, it's amazing how they endure it. We have to love them, to remind them, they are humans, they are Russians. You see, the first is the position of the Soviet system, the second - of Jesus Christ.

Me? I'm still sitting on the fence. :)

I recommend to watch this movie many times. You will do it without my recommendation though, if you (like me) will not understand everything from the first view and you like to think. The mesmerizing beauty of this movie will help you to return easier. For the first time be prepared for not a cakewalk. There are two things to consider here. One is the cruelty. Though it is absolutely necessary in this film, most of us living in a comfort of modern society are not ready to it. The other is the pace. Often it is a pace of real life.

Peace.


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