Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, January 28, 2012

2:00 PM

(USSR/1966—directed by Andrei Tarkovsky)

Andrei Tarkovsky’s sweeping cinematic portrait of the great Russian icon painter is worlds away from Alexander Korda’s more conventional depiction of Rembrandt, yet both films represent the cinema’s earnest attempts to translate the passion of an artist’s soul into visual and dramatic terms. Immediately suppressed by the Soviets upon its release in 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky’s epic widescreen masterpiece is a sprawling, multi-part, visionary evocation of both the physical and psychological landscape of Rublev’s era, as well as a graphic and poetic depiction of the creative mind. Considered too experimental, too frightening, too violent, and too politically and dramatically complex to be released officially, Andrei Rublev was pulled by the Soviets from its scheduled premiere at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, and until recently has resufaced only in shortened, censored versions of varying lengths (as was also the case with Tarkovsky’s science-fiction epic, Solaris). Restored to its full-length version in 1999, this is the Andrei Rublev that the late, legendary director wanted the world to see. In Russian with English subtitles. (205 min.)

“Cosmic, startling and supremely tactile… its greatness as moviemaking is immediately evident.” –J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Admission to all films in the "DFT 101" series is free to DIA member members and also free with paid museum admission. You need only show your membership card or admission ticket at the door.
Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 PM