Andrei Rublev

USSR 1966. Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky. 183 min. DCP

“Tarkovsky is for me the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.”

“The best arthouse film of all time.”

NEW RESTORATION! Transfixing and transcendent, Tarkovsky’s monumental (and monumentally beautiful) second feature is considered by many to be the finest Soviet film of the postwar era. Andrei Rublev presents several imaginary episodes in the life of its title character, a 15th-century Russian Orthodox monk who won renown as an icon painter. Little is known about the historical Rublev; Tarkovsky’s visionary masterpiece renders him as a man clinging desperately to his faith in God and art in a world of overwhelming cruelty and barbarism. The Soviet authorities objected to the film for a host of reasons (violence, formalism, “historical inaccuracy,” its depiction of the artist’s plight under repressive rule) and shelved it for five years. A version was permitted to screen at the 1969 Cannes festival, where it won the International Critics Prize. Andrei Rublev screens here in a beautiful new restoration of Tarkovsky’s preferred 183-minute cut. “Imperative viewing ... A film of spiritual power and epic grandeur ... It may be Tarkovsky’s greatest work” (Philip French, The Observer).


"This medieval epic announced the birth of a major talent; it also stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we've come to expect from Tarkovsky ... Not to be missed."

Chicago Reader | full review