Regarded by many as Andrei Tarkovsky’s finest film, this epic tale of the great medieval icon painter chronicles a turbulent period of Russian history and was long suppressed by the politically sensitive Soviet authorities.
Widely regarded as Andrei Tarkovsky’s finest film, Andrei Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th-century Russian history which was marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and Tatar invasions.
Made on an epic scale, it does not flinch from portraying the savagery of the time, from which, almost inexplicably, the serenity of Rublev’s art arose. The great set pieces – the sack of Vladimir, the casting of the bell, the pagan ceremonies of St. John’s Night and the Russian crucifixion - are tours-de-force of visceral filmmaking.
One of world’s most visionary, celebrated and influential filmmakers, Andrei Tarkovsky made just seven features before his tragically early death at the age of 54. Characterised by metaphysical and spiritual explorations of the human condition, each film is an artistic masterpiece of extraordinary visual beauty and stand as enduring classics of world cinema.
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Colour: B&W and part colour
Production year: 1966
Original title: Andrey Rublyov
DVD catalogue number: ART790DVD
Blu-ray catalogue number: ART180BD
Blu-ray special features:
-Interview with actor Yuriy Nazarov
-Selected scene commentary by film Mary Wild
DVD special features:
Winner of the 1969 Cannes FIPRESCI Prize
Winner of the 1987 Jussi Foreign Language Film award
“It's Tarkovsky's lighter touches, coupled with his majestic vision, that makes Andrei Rublev such compulsive viewing”
David Parkinson, Empire
“Its lack of stylisation and its subtlety will cause it to be recognised in years to come as one of the best Soviet works”
Michael McNay, The Guardian
“Viewers and critics always have their personal favourites, but some films achieve a masterpiece status that becomes unanimously agreed upon – something that's undoubtedly true of Andrei Rublev... It is as close to transcendence as cinema gets”
Steve Rose, The Guardian
“Solemn, magnificent, astounding”
Jamie Russell, BBC
“One of cinema's all-time greatest films... Strongly recommended”