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Andrei Rublev (1966)

Andrey Rublev (original title)
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.


Andrei Tarkovsky (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)


Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrey Mikhalkov-Konchalovskiy), Andrei Tarkovsky (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ... Andrey Rublev
Ivan Lapikov ... Kirill
Nikolay Grinko ... Daniil Chyornyy
Nikolay Sergeev ... Feofan Grek
Irina Tarkovskaya ... Durochka (as Irma Raush)
Nikolay Burlyaev ... Boriska
Yuriy Nazarov ... Velikiy knyaz, Malyy knyaz
Yuriy Nikulin ... Patrikey, monakh (as Yu. Nikulin)
Rolan Bykov ... Skomorokh (as R. Bykov)
Nikolay Grabbe ... Stepan, sotnik Velikogo knyazya (as N. Grabbe)
Mikhail Kononov ... Foma, monakh (as M. Kononov)
Stepan Krylov ... Starshiy liteyshchik (as S. Krylov)
Bolot Beyshenaliev ... Tatarskiy khan (as B. Beyshenaliev)
B. Matysik B. Matysik ... Pyotr
Anatoliy Obukhov ... Aleksey, monakh (as A. Obukhov)


Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Soviet Union


Russian | Italian | Tatar

Release Date:

25 July 1985 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


RUR 1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,807, 26 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,021, 29 November 2018
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(re-edited) | (re-edited) | (2004 re-release) | (original length) | (UK) | (Blu-ray)

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Color (Sovcolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Danil is based on Daniil Chyorny (c. 1360 - 1430), a Russian icon painter and companion of Andrei Rublyov. He is believed to have painted the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir in conjunction with Rublyov. See more »


After Rublev comments that nothing is more terrible than snow falling in a temple, some of it lands on Durochka's hair and is clearly a white feather. See more »


Kirill: Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth and the thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth. Walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes but know that for all these God will bring thee into judgment. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth before the difficult days come and the years draw nigh when thou shalt say "I have no pleasure in them." Remember thy creator before the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken or the pitcher shattered at the fountain or...
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Alternate Versions

When released in the UK, the sight of a horse falling off a staircase was cut from this title. See more »


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"You'll cast bells, I'll paint icons"
25 July 2008 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

Just as Andrei Rublev faced doubt about whether or not, having sinned, he could continue his celebrated iconography, I likewise find myself in two minds about Andrei Tarkovsky's film. My experience with the director's other work is, as usual, limited, but I still couldn't shake that persistent expectation that I would love 'Andrei Rublev (1969).' There is certainly much to love about it, but my appreciation for the film can best be described as admiration rather than affection, and, though I can speak with only the utmost praise for Tarkovsky's achievement, it doesn't occupy that exclusive space close to my heart. The film is a deeply-personal religious work, an examination of faith and moral values, and so perhaps it's inevitable that the film didn't leave such a deep impression, considering my preference towards atheism; one unfortunately cannot discard all personal convictions for the mere purposes of appreciating a work of art. I do, however, like to think that the majesty of cinema, in most cases, is able to transcend religious boundaries.

Andrei Tarkovsky released his first feature-length film, 'Ivan's Childhood,' in 1962. Even prior to its release, the director had already expressed interest in filming the life of great Russian iconographer Andrei Rublev, even though very little is actually known about his life. Working with a screenplay written by himself and Andrei Konchalovsky, Tarkvosky began filming in 1964, and a 205-minute cut was screened for a private audience in Moscow in 1966. The critical response, however, was mixed, and sizeable cuts were made to the film's running time, before a 186-minute version screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969. I'm not entirely sure which version I ended up watching; the time counter indicated somewhere around 165 minutes, though my brief research couldn't uncover any major missing sequences. In hindsight, I should probably have held out for longer and acquired the Criterion Collection DVD, which restores the picture to its four-hour glory. In several years' time, when I inevitably decide to revisit Tarkovsky's film, I'll make certain to do just that.

'Andrei Rublev' is divided into nine distinct segments, including a colour epilogue displaying Rublev's weathered icons as they exist today. They each explore a facet of the great painter's life, placing particular emphasis on his faith in God and how it relates to his work on frescos and icons. Interestingly, though Rublev (Anatoli Solonitsyn) himself appears in most of the stories, he is often hidden in the background, a passive observer on the behaviour of others, including Kirill (Ivan Lapikov), who is jealous of Rublev's recognition, and young Boriska (Nikolai Burlyayev), who successfully casts a bell using faith rather than knowledge. One consequence of this narrative format is a lack of cohesiveness in Tarkovsky's storytelling. We adequately follow the plot of each segment, but, as the whole, the film doesn't seem to build towards any notable climactic revelation – the completed film is equal to the sum of its parts, which is still very impressive, but pulls it short of being a masterpiece. Once again, however, I must acknowledge that the 205-minute version may potentially correct this problem.

One statement that can not be disputed, however, is that 'Andrei Rublev' really is a beautiful piece of film-making. Vadim Yusov's black-and-white photography captures the exquisite delicateness of nature with almost heartbreaking intricacy; even the raindrops of a midday shower are imbued with the gentle elegance of the Heaven from which they ostensibly fell. Tarkovsky finds simple beauty in the quiver of a tree branch in the breeze, the leisurely flow of a river, herds of livestock fleeing from an aerial balloon. In portraying the complete opposite, the destruction of nature, the director is capable but not quite the master he is otherwise. The raiding of Vladimir by a troop of Tatars was obviously supposed to be the centrepiece of the picture, but Tarkovsky underplays every detail to such an extent that his "chaos" ultimately winds down into a staged conflict. Compare this sequence with Sergei Bondarchuk's burning of Moscow in 'War and Peace (1967),' in which one feels as though he has descended into the fires of Hell, and the contrast is telling.

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