Regarded by many as Andrei Tarkovsky’s finest film and named the Best Arthouse Film of all Time by The Guardian, ‘Andrei Rublev’ is an epic tale about the great medieval icon painter and chronicles a turbulent period of Russian history.
Faced with the brutalities of the world outside the monastery, Andrei Rublev begins to question the role of art in a depraved world and takes a vow of silence. After many years of silent travelling around medieval Russia, he meets a young boy who has taken charge of the construction of a large silver bell, and in him discovers the inspiration to speak again.
Opening in Moscow in 1966, ‘Andrei Rublev’ was suppressed by the politically sensitive Soviet authorities until the 1969 Cannes Film Festival, and didn't reach Britain till 1973.
★★★★★ "It's Tarkovsky's lighter touches, coupled with his majestic vision, that makes Andrei Rublev such compulsive viewing some 25 years after its original release" - David Parkinson, Empire