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    Title: Andrei Roublev (1966) Starring: Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov Directed By: Andrei Tarkovsky Produced By: DVD Criterion Collection,
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 16, 2004
      Title: Andrei Roublev (1966)
      Starring: Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov
      Directed By: Andrei Tarkovsky
      Produced By: DVD Criterion Collection, VHS Fox Lorber
      Date Released: DVD Feb. 1999, VHS Nov 1995
      ASIN: DVD 6305257450, VHS 6302426499
      Price: DVD 39.99, VHS
      Comments: From the Vatican's list of top 45 movies

      "Brilliantly devised and directed account of the famous 15th century icon
      painter, focusing on an age—old conflict: should an artist participate in the
      political and social upheavals of the time, or should he simply record history
      with his brush?" — Leonard Maltin

      From the US Bishops:
      Andrei Rublev (1969) Russian production about a 15th-century monk (Anatoli
      Solonitzine) who perseveres in painting icons and other religious art despite
      the civil disruptions and cruel turmoil of his times. Director Andrei Tarkovsky
      visualizes brilliantly the story of a devout man seeking through his art to
      find the transcendent in the savagery of the Tartar invasions and the unfeeling
      brutality of Russian nobles. Subtitles. Stylized historical violence. The U.S.
      Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. Not
      rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. (Fox Lorber, $79.95)

      From amazon.com:
      Editorial Reviews
      At last, the complete version of Andrei Tarkovski's 1966 masterpiece about
      the great 15th century Russian icon painter (a film suppressed by the Soviet
      Union and unseen until 1971) is available. It's a complex and demanding narrative
      about the responsibility of the artist to participate in history rather than
      documenting it from a safe distance. A landmark in Russian cinema, Andrei
      Rublev is a beautifully lyrical black-and-white film about harmony and soulful
      expression. As the late filmmaker says in a supplementary interview, each
      generation must experience life for itself; it cannot simply absorb what has preceded
      it. In fact, a whole host of supplements accompanies the film in this
      Criterion Collection release. Stick with it; it's worth the effort. --Bill Desowitz

      Immediately suppressed by the Soviets in 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky's epic
      masterpiece is a sweeping medieval tale of Russia's greatest icon painter. Too
      experimental, too frightening, too violent, and too politically complicated to be
      released officially, Andrei Rublev has existed only in shortened, censored
      versions until the Criterion Collection created this complete 205-minute
      director's cut special edition, now available for the first time on DVD.

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