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Andrei Rublev (The Criterion Collection)
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- 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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Much is made of the fact that this is the "uncut" version of the film. This may be so, but the twenty minutes that this version has over the Russian Cinema Council version (availaible on Artificial Eye in the U.K.) are generally not new scenes: rather they are extra shots that have been cut from the RUSCICO/AE release. For instance, when Kirill storms out of the monastery after the apparent snub by Theophanes, he beats a stray dog that chases him. In the AE release, the yelping of the dog is the only indication that he kills the animal; in the Criterion version, there is a shot of the dog writhing on the ground. This is not to indicate my distate for animal cruelty, but just that these shots don't in my opinion really add any profundidty to the film. Another example would be the jester's bare, er, posterior with a smiley face daubed on during the hut scene near the beginning, which the AE release omits: it's just bits and bobs spread throughout the film, not extra whole scenes, that's all.
This would be fine if the one-disc transfer was up the standard of the AE release (which splits the film between two discs, 99 and 86 minutes). It isn't. Perhaps it's because we are so used to good transfers onto DVD owadays, where even the no-frill Second Run and Eclipse relaeses are of a very high standard, that this release from 1998 seems sub-standard.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can't watch it due to the animal abuse, torture and killings.Published 4 months ago by Gary Schwartz
Andrei Rublev is an absolutely magnificent film. From the opening sequence to the end, we are treated to amazing production, wonderful imagery, masterful directing, and vigorous... Read morePublished 10 months ago by rbrogan3
The great painter of iconography in medieval Russia is given a splendid, challenging (and long) tribute in this startling chain of magnificently filmed events, the mud and the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Peter Jakobsen
Andrei Rublev is a Russian film which shows the life of the famous Russian Iconic Photographer. It's climax is the team of artists who are brought to life figure out how to make a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carl Robinson
I would listen to any argument suggesting that Tarkovsky's "Andrei Rublev" is the greatest of all films. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Donathan
Rublev is extraordinary in many ways, for its overall vision, the skill with which its epic scenes are orchestrated, the proliferation of imagery and visual themes, its detailed... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ronald Chase Sf Film
With Andrei Roublev Andrei Tarkovsky and fellow screenwriter Andrei Konchalovsky couldn't have picked a more ambitious subject. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Film Buff
If you are looking for reassurance that Russian culture is different from American culture this film will do it. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by The Curmudgeon
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