Vast, glorious masterpiece from Tarkovsky about the life of the great Russian icon painter. Descriptions seem to limit the picture's meaning to 'whether an artist should record life or actually participate in it' although this is a gross understatement - it is also about lust, persecution, mysticism and (most importantly) 'faith,' culminating in one of the most breathtaking closing sequences in cinema, as a young bell-maker's son directs numerous workers to build a bell that must ring - or else they will be all executed for incompetence. It demands, like every other Tarkovsky work, your undivided attention and focus. One of the few bona fide 'great pictures.'
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Year Released: 1966