Once upon a time in a far-off land called the Soviet Union, Andrei Tarkovsky was considered that nation’s best filmmaker and a national treasure. After he won the Venice Film Festival with the movie Ivan’s Childhood, Tarkovsky’s work, closely monitored by Soviet censors to ensure it was “pro-USSR,” suddenly took a dangerously revolutionary turn with the sprawling biopic Andrei Rublev, a cinematic salute to Russia’s great Renaissance painter. Perplexed by the religion-steeped three-hour-plus opus, the censors refused to release the film commercially in its uncut form, but allowed it to be shown at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival, where it won a prize. Today, Andrei Rublev, considered one of the greatest films ever made in any language, is a great depiction of the creative process.
See it on the big screen: 6-9:30pm.
Friday, December 15.
Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater, 2445 Monroe St.,
419-255-8000. | toledomuseum.org | Free