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Screen: Special Showings

Andrei Rublev

When: Sun., Dec. 15, 1 p.m. 2013

Andrei Tarkovsky's 1966 film Andrei Rublev is more than a biopic of the greatest medieval icon painter in Russian history. Tarkovsky uses Rublev's biography as a form to describe medieval life in Russia, as well as to celebrate individual vision in the face of oppression. The film's date is also debatable; completed in 1966, it was initially suppressed and recut by the Soviets, who didn't want to acknowledge Christianity in the country's history—an appropriate turn, as the film shows the turbulence before the czars. A version found its way to the 1969 Cannes Film Festival, where it was lauded, and another version was released in the United States in 1973. The screening ties into two Russian exhibits currently at the museum. The Tsars' Cabinet presents more than 200 works of decorative arts in metal, enamel, porcelain and glass from the Romanov dynasty. Windows Into Heaven includes 36 ancient Christian icons from a Charlotte-based collection. The exhibitions carry a $7 admission; the film is free. Alexandra Deyneka, an art history doctoral candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill, introduces the film. —Chris Vitiello

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