Andrei Rublev (4K Restoration)
New 4K restoration of the director’s preferred cut!
Post-show discussion with Dr. Richard Tempest, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UIUC.
With his second feature, a towering epic that took him years to complete, Andrei Tarkovsky waded deep into the past and emerged with a visionary masterwork. Threading together several self-contained episodes, the filmmaker traces the renowned icon painter Andrei Rublev through the harsh realities of fifteenth-century Russian life, vividly conjuring the dark and otherworldly atmosphere of the age: a primitive hot-air balloon takes to the sky, snow falls inside an unfinished church, naked pagans celebrate the midsummer solstice, a young man oversees the casting of a gigantic bell. Appearing here in Tarkovsky’s preferred 183-minute cut, as well as the version that was originally censored by Soviet authorities, ANDREI RUBLEV is an arresting meditation on art, faith, and endurance, and a powerful reflection on expressive constraints in the director’s own time. (1966, Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union, Russian w/ English subtitles, 183 min, NR, DCP)
“A masterpiece . . . It is as close to transcendence as cinema gets.” – Steve Rose, The Guardian
“Stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we’ve come to expect from Tarkovsky.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
“It evinces a complex understanding of spirituality and faith that would inform all of Andrei Tarkovsky’s subsequent films.” – Jake Cole, Slant Magazine