Deemed “dangerous” by the Soviet authorities of the time, and banned from release for several years, this magnificent and truly epic film is often regarded as Tarkovsky’s masterpiece and is unquestionably one of the greatest films ever made about an artist.
Several of its set pieces, the sacking of a medieval town and the creation of a large bell, are amongst the greatest in Tarkovsky’s cinema. Cowritten by Andrei Konchalovsky.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Based on the life of the medieval monk and pioneering painter of Russian icons (played by Anatoly Solonitsyn), this historical fresco combines weighty moral and national concerns with an audacious display of formal experimentation.