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 travelling silently around medieval Russia, he meets a young boy who has taken charge of the construction of a large silver bell and finds in him the inspiration to speak again.
‘Andrei Rublev’ was initially suppressed by Soviet authorities upon its release in 1966. The ban was only rescinded when the film premiered at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival, but didn't open in the UK until 1973.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