Andrei Rublev (1966)

 ●  Russian ● 3 hrs 25 mins

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Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.
Did you know? The reference to Epiphanius is to the writer, Epiphanius the Wise, a noted writer of late 14th-early 15th-century period. Epiphanius was close to Theophanes the Greek. Read More
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as Andrey Rublev
as Kirill
as Daniil Chyornyy
as Aleksey
as Pyotr
as Tatarskiy khan
as Durochka
Supporting Actor
as Foma
as Boriska
as Efim
as Stepan
as Feofan Grek
as Skomorokh
as Khozyain izby
as Starshiy liteyshchik
as Sergey
as Velikiy knyaz, Malyy knyaz
as Patrikey




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The smoothly-cut logs that feature many times in the early scenes are clearly cut with machinery not available in the early C15th.

Revealing Mistakes
After Rublev comments that nothing is more terrible than snow falling in a temple, some of it lands on Durochka's hair and is clearly a white feather.
For the scene where the cow is on fire, it was covered in asbestos, which protected it from actually being burned. But for the scene where the horse falls down the stairs, it was shot in the head. The crew acquired the horse from a slaughterhouse, and it was going to be shot the next day, so they decided to use it for the film.

Metal being cast while molten is generally accomplished using a special type of totally dry sand for the mold, not clay. Clay normally contains moisture and should not be used for casting metal because when the metal touches the clay, steam is produced in large volumes, causing the metal to splash about wildly. Evidently neither Tarkovsky nor Konchalovsky (the scriptwriters) knew this, or if the film is historically accurate, then there must have commonly been a lot of injuries or deaths in the Russian bell casting trade in the 15th century.

Theophanes the Greek (c. 1340 - c. 1410) was a Greek artist from Constantinople and one of the greatest icon painters of Russia, and was noted as the teacher and mentor of Andrei Rublyov.

The character of Danil is based on Daniil Chyorny (c. 1360 - 1430), a Russian icon painter and companion of Andrei Rublyov. He is believed to have painted the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir in conjunction with Rublyov.

The Andronikov Monastery was located in the Taganka region of Moscow and was built in 1360 on the eastern bank of the Yauza River as part of Moscow's outer defensive ring of monastery-fortresses. Its name is derived from that of its of its first abbot (Andronik). The monastery's most famous monk was Andrei Rublyov.

Tarkovsky wanted to use his life and religious struggles as a way to reflect 'Christianity as an axiom of Russia's historical identity' by this movie.

Film debut of Anatoliy Solonitsyn.

The movie was completed and shown to selected people in private screenings in the winter of 1966. The first official screening was in February 1969 in Moscow, followed by a screening at the Cannes film festival in May 1969. International distribution started in 1973.

There are two major churches mentioned. Dmitrievsky Cathedral (1194) is located in the city of Vladimir. The Annunciation Cathedral is in Moscow and is an amalgamation of churches and chapels from the 14th to the 16th centuries. It is the second oldest cathedral in the Kremlin.

Anatoliy Solonitsyn succeeded by coming to Mosfilm himself and offering to play the title role.

Vasili Livanov claims to be the one who suggested the idea for the film. He also wanted to play the lead, but Tarkovsky wanted to go with the unknown actor.

The reference to Epiphanius is to the writer, Epiphanius the Wise, a noted writer of late 14th-early 15th-century period. Epiphanius was close to Theophanes the Greek.