Andrei Rublev

This Soviet biographical historical drama directed by Andrei Tarkovsky is loosely based on the life of a 15th-century Russian icon painter.  Set against the backdrop of Czarist rule, the film seeks to depict a realistic portrait of medieval Russia.  Tarkovsky sought to create a film that shows the artist as a “world-historic figure” and Christianity as an axiom of Russia’s historical identity.  The film’s themes include artistic freedom, religion, political ambiguity and the making of art under a repressive regime.   Because of this, it was not released domestically in the officially atheist and authoritarian Soviet Union for years.   Although these issues with censorship obscured and truncated the film for a long, long time, Andrei Rublev  has come to be regarded as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time.
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