The movie this week is going to be another Tarkovsky brain-wringer called Andrey Rublyov, about the eponymous Russian icon painter active during the 14th-15th centuries. The movie is (be forewarned) five minutes short of three and a half hours (so there will be an intermission) and Tarkovsky does not waste a single second of it, making it difficult even to summarize what the movie is about. It has everything: the struggle of the artist to attain truth (naturally), the conflict between Russia's pagan past and Christian future, the capricious rule of feudal princes and the suffering of the people under them, Russia's precarious and ambiguous cultural balance between East (a Mongol horde makes an appearance) and West (the Italians who come to see the consecration of the bell), and more. The cultural threat represented by the coming of modern technology even plays a part.
It's a gluttonous medieval prince's 18-course meal (with jesters!) (and wenches!) of food for thought.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the length of the movie, we'll be starting at 7 PM on the dot!