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Andrei Rublev (The Criterion Collection) (1973)

Anatoliy Solonitsyn , Ivan Lapikov , Andrei Tarkovsky  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev, Irina Tarkovskaya
  • Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Writers: Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrey Konchalovskiy
  • Producers: Tamara Ogorodnikova
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 1999
  • Run Time: 205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305257450
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Andrei Rublev (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The definitive 205-minute director's cut with exclusive widescreen digital transfer
  • Completely retranslated subtitles that restore 40% of the dialogue
  • Rare film interviews with Tarkovsky, with a general essay on Tarkovsky's work by Professor Petric
  • Audio essays by Harvard film professor Vlada Petric over select scenes
  • A timeline featuring key events in Russian history, plus the lives and works of Andrei Rublev and Andrei Tarkovsky

Editorial Reviews

At last, the complete version of Andrei Tarkovski's 1966 masterpiece about the great 15th century Russian icon painter (a film suppressed by the Soviet Union and unseen until 1971) is available. It's a complex and demanding narrative about the responsibility of the artist to participate in history rather than documenting it from a safe distance. A landmark in Russian cinema, Andrei Rublev is a beautifully lyrical black-and-white film about harmony and soulful expression. As the late filmmaker says in a supplementary interview, each generation must experience life for itself; it cannot simply absorb what has preceded it. In fact, a whole host of supplements accompanies the film in this Criterion Collection release. Stick with it; it's worth the effort. --Bill Desowitz

Product Description

Immediately suppressed by the Soviets in 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky's epic masterpiece is a sweeping medieval tale of Russia's greatest icon painter. Too experimental, too frightening, too violent, and too politically complicated to be released officially, Andrei Rublev has existed only in shortened, censored versions until the Criterion Collection created this complete 205-minute director's cut special edition, now available for the first time on DVD.

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131 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're serious about cinema, BUY IT NOW January 23, 2003
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Tarkovsky's Andre Rublev plows the same ground as Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ, but with greater success. No, I haven't been smoking anything; I'm serious. A collection of metaphorically related vignettes that loosely follows the life of Russia's great medieval artist, Andrei Rublev is about nothing less than the struggle between mankind's spiritual and carnal natures. It is also one of the rare films featuring Christianity that neither belittles the faithful nor condescends to them. I'll take this film over The Robe, The Greatest Story Ever Told or even Ben Hur any day of the week.
All the same, this film is not typical wholesome family entertainment of the Disney variety. It's more like the cinematic equivalent of broccoli - you may or may not like the flavor, but it's good for you. There is nudity. There is violence. If you're an animal lover, it may give you nightmares (at least two horses and one cow probably died in the process of filming). But you know, the Bible itself is full of plenty of that kind of stuff. What makes it palatable is the moral context - the material is in service of an authentically moving spiritual journey. The film may not shy away from the ugliness of medieval Russian peasant life, but it also does not shy away from the message of redemption through grace - and I'm not referring to "grace" in an exclusively Christian context.
While grace wears Russian Orthodox garb in this film, the concept expands to occupy a more universal definition through the use of strong metaphorical imagery. Grace, it seems to suggest, is a state of mind: if you believe it is a gift from God, this film will probably affirm your faith; if not, it will won't offend you with overt evangelism.
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111 of 122 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Titanic, then take a hike. Otherwise... August 17, 2001
By Mad Dog
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Tarkovksy's films are not for everyone. He is the Russian equivalent of Kubrick or Kurasawa or Welles, and he is as different from them as they are from each other. If you're expecting a conventional structure and pacing, you'll be dissapointed. Rublev requires patience.
Most people consider the film long and slow. The trick is to stop waiting for the narrative to develop and just experience the sequences as self-contained ideas. After a couple of hours you'll see it working up to something you hadn't thought possible at first. And by the two-hundred minute mark, it evolves into a complete emotional and cinematic experience.
I'm serious. It's amazing. *This* is Tarkovsky's gift.
By his own admission he was always more fascinated with the "poetry" of images than their immediate narrative value. As a result his films deliver an experience which is unique to every viewer. This is no mean feat; today directors strive to make the global audience feel "happy" or "sad" according to a pre-defined and market-oriented narrative structure. It's a cheap manipulation (like "Titanic" and the damn theme music).
Tarkovksy doesn't go there at all. He shows you something and lets you feel whatever you want. This isn't a cheap cop-out from an inept director, it's *your* experience. And a dangerous approach in a world where audiences expect to be cued when and how to react. Have you ever noticed how upset people get when left to their own emotional devices?
Tarkovsky has mastered the long-take, mise-en-scene, and the wide-screen (2.35) frame, and the Critereon transfer does it's best to present this. There are technical problems with the transfer, but having seen Rublev on a pan-and-scan VHS, the extra bucks are still worth it.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of Modern Art October 6, 2000
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Andrei Rublev is not only one of the most difficult films to describe, it is also one of the most beautiful films ever made. It flows like a long Russian novel, with interworking subplots and interwoven themes. The rich fiction created by Konchalovsky and Tarkovsky, based on the late medieval Russian icon painter Andrei Rublev, raises many important questions concerning life, the soul, and art. Above all, there is something elegantly and radiantly lyrical about the film, scene by scene. The film itself is divided into vignettes, or what I like to refer to as chapters, recounting different periods in Rublev's life; each one could be its own film, namely the last section about the bell and the young bellmaker. However, the most poetic scenes involve the Holy Fool, or Durochka, played by Tarkovsky's wife Irma Raush. Her character adds a touchingly humorous, yet tender aspect to the film; her relationship with Rublev is so sweet and almost childlike, it brings a true smile to your face. Throughout the film, Tarkovsky is able to catch the incredibly earth-shattering expressions on the character's faces, symbolzing oppression from war and Tatar raids, poverty and inequality. One simple look of an eye speaks a thousand words in this film. The vignette entitled The Jester displays some of the most wonderful examples of the human condition ever in film; the beating rain on the primitive hut combined with the tired, worn out, wretched faces of the peasants (including children, men, women, and elderly), is so realistic you can taste it. Tarkovsky is indeed a modern master, and Andrei Rublev is quite possibly his masterpiece. Tarkovsky's work ranks with so many of the great modern artists, not filmmakers, but painters and photographers: Cartier-Bresson, Freud, Picasso, Matisse, O'Keefe, Stieglitz, etc. Anchoress, a film obviously influenced by Andrei Rublev, particularly in cinematography, is recommended also for anyone who enjoys intellectually and visually impressive cinema.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ARTISTIC CULTURE SHOCK
If you are looking for reassurance that Russian culture is different from American culture this film will do it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Curmudgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars A master piece
In my view, one of the best films directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Despite its length, the movie fascinates the audience. Definitely, a master piece! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Viviana Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars The past brought into your life
This story of Andrei Rublev who lived in the middle of the 14th to 15th century in what was to become Russia is a beautifull movie . Read more
Published 9 months ago by terrence trudeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand in so many ways.
This movie is a must own for any film buff or criterion lover. Tarkovsky is a genius and was thru his short career, This movie is epic and ranks up their with the best historic... Read more
Published 17 months ago by K. Bowden
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware,
This is not 165 min movie, as description states, this is a 200 minute version without several major scenes. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tatiana_K
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable, if odd, film well worth watching.
The Russians have a way of telling stories. Perhaps it is the long harsh winters that pen them in for long months that helps. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Timothy B. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Tarkovsky Film
Andrei Rublev is a great Russian (Soviet-era) film from 1966 directed by the brilliant Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky (he who made "My Name is Ivan" and "Solaris"). Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by SeekingTraveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest film of all time
This film is all about symbolism. It is about man's attempt to reach to the sublime and transcendent while living through the eternal woes and toils of a hypocritical, harsh... Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by Phil Renteria
4.0 out of 5 stars Long, Confusing, Abstracted, Obtuse...
... just what an art film should be!

If you enter into watching this film as "regular fare" you will be disappointed. Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by Addison Dewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Empire 5 Star 500 - #31
How long will war, pain, and suffering go on this world? This film says: forever, most likely. This film is about the life and times of Andrei Rublev. Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by The Inquisitor
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