Andrei Tarkovsky's first major film (1966, though banned and unseen until 1971), cowritten by Andrei Konchalovsky, about a 15th-century icon painter. This medieval epic announced the birth of a major talent; it also stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we've come to expect from Tarkovsky: an early flying episode suggesting Gogol, a stirring climax in color. Not to be missed. In Russian and Italian with subtitles.
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer: Andrei Konchalovsky and Andrei Tarkovsky
Producer: Tamara Ogorodnikova
Cast: Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko, Nikolai Sergueiev, Irma Raouch, Nicolai Bourliaiev and Youn Nasarov