Criterion Collection Edition #34
Tracing the life of a renowned icon painter, the second feature by Andrei Tarkovsky vividly conjures the murky world of medieval Russia. This dreamlike and remarkably tactile film follows Andrei Rublev as he passes through a series of poetically linked scenes—snow falls inside an unfinished church, naked pagans stream through a thicket during a torchlit ritual, a boy oversees the clearing away of muddy earth for the forging of a gigantic bell—gradually emerging as a man struggling mightily to preserve his creative and religious integrity. Appearing here in the director’s preferred 183-minute cut as well as the version that was originally suppressed by Soviet authorities, the masterwork ANDREI RUBLEV is one of Tarkovsky’s most revered films, an arresting meditation on art, faith, and endurance.
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky • 1966 • Soviet Union
Starring Anatoly Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko
Tracing the life of a renowned icon painter, the second feature by Andrei Tarkovsky vividly conjures the murky world of medieval Russia. This dreamlike and remarkably tactile film follow...
ANDREI RUBLEV Edition Intro
The Passion According to Andrei
The following is the original 205-minute version of Andrei Tarkovsky’s film ANDREI RUBLEV.
The Steamroller and the Violin
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky • 1961 • Soviet Union
When Sasha, a seven-year-old violin protégé, meets Sergei, a steamroller working in his neighborhood, he starts to open up from his strictly imposed routine of practice. Made as a thesis film for the VGIK Soviet film school, this early work by A...
The Three Andreis
This short 1966 documentary about the making of ANDREI RUBLEV is a project by Dina Musatova, who had studied at the film school VGIK with director Andrei Tarkovsky. This film is held by the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive in Krasnogorsk.
On the Set of ANDREI RUBLEV
Presented here is a brief collection of silent footage of Andrei Tarkovsky directing ANDREI RUBLEV. This archival material is held by the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive in Krasnogorsk.
Tarkovsky’s ANDREI RUBLEV: A Journey
This 2018 documentary by filmmakers Louise Milne and Seán Martin features interviews with actor Nikolai Burlyaev, cinematographer Vadim Yusov, Tarkovsky personal assistant Olga Surkova, film critic Dmitri Salynsky, and Tarkovsky scholar Vida T. Johnson.
Robert Bird on ANDREI RUBLEV
In this interview, conducted in 2018, film scholar Robert Bird, author of the British Film Institute monograph “Andrei Rublev” (2004), discusses Andrei Tarkovsky’s film and the complex relationship between it and the historical painter Andrei Rublev.
ANDREI RUBLEV Selected-Scene Commentary
In this selected-scene commentary, produced in 1998, film scholar Vlada Petrić analyzes the formal characteristics of Andrei Tarkovsky’s ANDREI RUBLEV.
Inventing ANDREI RUBLEV
In this 2018 video essay, filmmaker Daniel Raim explores Andrei Tarkovsky’s creative process and the unique aesthetic philosophy he applied in creating ANDREI RUBLEV, using the director’s own words from interviews and essays.