9981Re: A change of topic, please!
- Jan 5, 2004I also meant no offence to anyone personally. So please forgive me is
my choice of words was to strong. A Joyous and Grace filled Nativity
feast to all!
--- In email@example.com, Gerald Herrin
> Blasphemy 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 an
> > 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!!!
> Gerald Herrin
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