Andrei Rublev
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Widely recognized as a masterpiece, Andrei Tarkovsky's 205-minute medieval epic, based on the life of the Russian monk and icon painter, was not seen as the director intended it until its re-release over twenty years after its completion. The film was not screened publicly in its own country (and then only in an abridged form) until 1972, three years after winning the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Calling the film frightening, obscure, and unhistorical, Soviet authorities edited the picture on several occasions, removing as much as an entire hour from the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rublev was a minor icon-painter of the early 1400s. Tarkovsky re-imagines him as a Christ-like cypher for the sufferings of a divided Russia under the Tartar invaders."
‑ , Time Out
"Tarkovsky merges dour meditation with barnburner technique in this overwhelming parable"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A very impressive synthesis of personal filmmaking and epic aspiration."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A difficult, long, sometimes brutal work that truly justifies the term 'epic' -- not in the overused sense that has come to mean big and loud -- in both vision and execution."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A strange and most challenging film"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Since there always seems to be more going on in the head of the film's director than in the head of the man playing Andrei, the system did not work for me."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Devoid of conventional genre traits and cinematic formula, Andrei Rublev is deeply unsettling -- and absolutely unmissable."
‑ , Film4
"Tarkovsky makes his film one of the most convincing portrayals in art of an artist; he succeeds by concentrating on the man's humanity."
‑ Michael McNay, Guardian
"Restored to its original cut (180 minutes), Tarkovsky's glorious masterpiec, an epic yet personal tale about the conflict between artists and society, is justly considered as one of the most important Russian films ever made; on par with Eisenstien's best"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of the best films about an artist, if not the best."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we've come to expect from Tarkovsky."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Even while struggling to make sense of the movie's frequent obscurities, it's impossible not to be moved by the intensity of Tarkovsky's vision."
‑ , Total Film
"It is not a film that needs to be processed or even understood, only experienced and wondered at."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"One of cinema's most vivid portrayals of the artistic process."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A virulent assault on all that is wrong with Mother Russia, both past and present. One of the most significant movies of its (and all) time."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
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