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Andrei Rublev Rated 15

Andrei Rublev

Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky. Russia 1969. 3h 3m. Russian/subs. Starring Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko, Nikolai Sergeyev, Irma Raush, Nikolai Burlyayev

Regarded by many as Andrei Tarkovsky’s finest film, this epic tale chronicles a turbulent period of Russian history and was long suppressed by the politically sensitive Soviet authorities. Legendary icon painter and political activist Andrei Rublev gives up his work entirely after being forced to kill a man. However, he eventually comes to terms with himself and continues painting. Tarkovsky's dreamlike second feature meditates on epic feats of art, faith, and endurance. Winner of the International Critics Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 1969.

‘Perfection lingers in each frame as Tarkovsky crafts one of the finest films ever made, an ecstatic story about art that has little interest in the artist himself, but in the power of art to transcend the age that produces it.’ ★★★★★ Jamie Russell, BBC

‘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, The Guardian

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