Andrej Rubljov

(Andrej Rubljov aka Strasti po Andreju | Andrei Rublev)

by Andrej Tarkovskij

USSR 1966

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Andrej Tarkovskij
Tamara Ogorodnikova
Production Companies:
Andrej Mikhalkov-Končalovskij, Andrej Tarkovskij
Vadim Jusov (b/w and Sovcolor, SovScope 2.35:1)
Ljudmila Fejginova, T. Egoryčeva, O. Ševkunenko
Music Score:
Vjačeslav Ovčinnikov
Inna Zelencova
Art Director:
Evgenij Černjaev, Ippolit Novoderjožkin, Sergej Voronkov
Costume Design:
Maja Abar-Baranovskaja, Lidija Novi
Anatolij Solonicyn (Rubljov), Ivan Lapikow (Kirill), Nikolaj Grin'ko (Daniil Chornyj), Nikolaj Sergeev (Feofan Grek), Irma Rausch (Duročka), Jurij Nikulin (Patrik)
184 min = 5025 m (cut version)
185 min = 5075 m (third cut with even less violence)
192 min = 5250 m (second cut with less violence)
206 min = 5642 m (director's cut)
February 1969 (USSR); May 1969 (Cannes Film Festival); 1988 (director's cut, USSR)
Cannes Film Festival 1969 FIPRESCI Award: Andrej Tarkovskij
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1971 Critics Award Best Foreign Film

"Andrei Rublev is a rare hybrid: a brilliant spectacle that is also an intensely personal exploration of the feelings of an artist in conflict with his society."
— Pacific Film Archive

"... a visual and cerebral journey: a thematically adaptive interpretation of Rublev's life, a conduit into the bleak existence of medieval Russia, a meditation on the search for the spiritual and artistic light."
Acquarello, Strictly Film School

"Contre la conviction contemporaine que tout est politique ou économique ..., Tarkovsky, en plein totalitarisme, réaffirme ... la réalité plénière du spirituel comme dimension spécifique de l'homme."
— France Farago, Études cinématographiques (no. 135-138/1983)

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Criterion NTSC Region 0 vs RusCiCO-Artificial Eye UK PAL Region 0

The Criterion Collection #34
Region 0 (North America)
Director's Cut
Artificial Eye / RusCiCo
Region 0 UK
205:41 min 174:41 min (+ 4% PAL Speedup = 182 min)
2.37:1/4:3 Letterboxed Widescreen
Average bitrate: 4.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Much less definition and poorer gray scale, but no anamorphic distortion. The colour sequence has more accurate colour tones (see frame 4)
2.03:1/16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Average bitrate: 6.76 mb/s (Side A), 6.74 mb/s (Side B)
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
The transfer distorts the anamorphic picture horizontally (from SovScope 2.35:1 down to 2.03:1), see esp. frame 4
Russkij Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Russkij Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Français (voiceover) Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
English Russkij, English, Deutsch, Français, Español, Português, Italiano, Nederlands, Svenska, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, Japanese
• Audio Commentary by Vlada Petric, professor of film at Harvard University
• Rare film interviews with Andrei Tarkovsky (18:19 min)
• Timeline: Key events in Russian history, the lives and works of Andrei Rublev and Andrei Tarkovsky
• Color Bars
• 6-Page Booklet with Liner Essay by J. Hoberman
Film on Disc 1+2 (81:16+93:25 min)

Disc 1:
•Etude 1: Fragment from “Ivan Groznyj II” (01:45 min)
• Etude 2: “Theophanes the Greek” (06:55 min)
• Etude 3: “The Rublev memorial”
• Etude 4: Modern pagan rites (02:36 min)
• Etude 5: "Union of Militant Atheists" (destruction of Orthodox icons and architecture under the Soviets) (06:25 min)
• Interview with A. Komov (02:46 min)
• Interview with Andrei Tarkovsky's sister, Marina Tarkovskaya (02:00 min)
• Teasers of Ruscico's future releases: Soljaris (03:19 min), Zerkalo (02:38 min), Stalker (03:30 min), Vojna i mir (04:09 min), Komissar (01:32 min)
• Filmographies of principal actors, director, cameraman, composer, script writer
• Photoalbum with 10 images from the shooting ground

Disc 2:
• Featurette: Making the film (05:17 min) •
• Etude 1: “Mongoly” (08:41 min)
• Etude 2: Montage of frescoes (05:10 min)
• Etude 3: "Bells" in Russian cathedrals (03:36 min)
• Interview with the actor Yuri Nazarov (04:27 min)
• Teasers of Ruscico's future releases: Siberiada (02:21 min), Svoj sredi
čuzhich (02:32 min), Brillantovaja ruka (02:48 min)
• Filmographies of principal actors, director, camerman, composer, script writer
• Photoalbum with 10 images from the shooting ground

DVD Release Date: 26 January 1999
Keep Case
Chapters: 53
DVD Encoding: NTSC Region 0
DVD Release Date: 21 January 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 6+4
DVD Encoding: PAL Region 0 (UK)
2x SS-SL/DVD-5

Frame 1: Menu
(Criterion left, RusCiCo right)

Frame 2
(Criterion top, RusCiCo bottom)

Frame 3
(Criterion top, RusCiCo bottom)

Frame 4
(Criterion top, RusCiCo bottom)

Frame 5
(Criterion top, RusCiCo bottom)

Average Bitrate Region 1:
4.51 mb/s

Average Bitrate Region 2:
6.76 mb/s

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Last update: 20 Sep 2002