9978Re: [orthodox-synod] Re: A change of topic, please!
- Jan 5, 2004Blasphemy is a very serious charge against any artist or movie. I don't
think the film "Andrei Rublev" was an attempt to "prove" anything, but
if it were such, then perhaps we should see the main character of the
movie as being not Rublev (who, after all, historically we know almost
nothing about) but rather the character Boriska who makes the bell for
the Grand Duke.) Like the balloonist who first flies, then falls to his
death, Boriska reaches out to create, dominating others by sheer drive
of artistic exuberance. The film is not a biography of the saint. It is
also not an "historical" film except in the sense that Tarkovsky wanted
authenticity in set design, clothing (but he wanted very much for it
not to be a "museum" piece). Tarkovsky did not want to create a movie
to "prove" or "demonstrate" anything. He wanted a film to show life.
Tarkovsky believed that without faith, no artist could create anything
of worth. He believed that almost all the "entertainments" done in
Hollywood were deeply wrong, distorted. The movie Rublev is a movie
about the artist who attempts to create, who suffers, who struggles.
Rublev is tempted, sins, repents, and it is only after repenting
through suffering that he becomes the man who could draw the icon of
the Holy Trinity. "For Tarkovsky Roublev is the first true Russian
artist and his "Trinity" the first original Russian work of art, born
of the hopes, struggles, and suffering of the times." page 89, The
Films of Andrei Tarkovsky:A Visual Fugue" by Vida Johnson and Graham
Petrie, Indiana University Press, 1994.
If I believed that the movie was truly blasphemous, I would never watch
it, nor would I ever encourage others to do so.
Forgive me if I offend in any way for I do not intend to do so.
Isaac (Gerald) Herrin
On Sunday, January 4, 2004, at 03:18 AM, Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko
> I thought it (the film about "Rubliev") was a blasphemy, and anGerald Herrin
> attempt to prove the triumph of "dvoe-veria" (mixture of pagan and
> Christian faith) over Orthodoxy in Russia!
> Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko
> PS: It is though, a historical FACT that it was a Russian who first
> flew in the air in a Lighter that air/hot air balloon!!!
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