1969, Janus Films, 205 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky

Inspired by the life and works of 15th-century poet and icon painter Andrei Rublev, Tarkovsky frames his exploration of the role of a creator in society in a religious setting: An artist is only a servant offering his talent to his community and to God. Starring Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko and Nicolai Sergeyev, this classic film is a powerful statement about the importance of maintaining artistic independence when originality is under siege. In Russian, Italian and Tatar with English subtitles.

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