Intro by Suranjan Ganguly, Cinema Studies • Muenzinger Auditorium
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.
Sun September 16, 2:00 PM, Muenzinger Auditorium
Soviet Union, 1966, in Russian, Color, 165 min, 2.35 : 1, DP
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky, Writer: Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrei Tarkovsky, Script Editor: N. Belyaeva, L. Lazarev, Cast: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolai Sergeyev, Irma Raush
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