Watched the new restoration of Andrei Rublev (my all-time favorite film). First time I'd ever seen any cut of the film in a theater. Theater was packed, which was a pleasant surprise.
Now for my controversial take...I hate this cut of the film. I also hate the sudden insistence from many that "Tarkovsky preferred this cut". The social context behind it (i.e. Soviet censorship pressure) makes this argument very hard to take at face-value. The history behind the U.S.S.R. trying to prevent this film from being seen after its completion only enforces that doubt.
But if you want demonstrative evidence, try this:
I've noticed that all advocates for this cut ignore this moment entirely, focusing solely on the animal shots (which, sure, I can see why people would prefer their removal). However, the spoiler'd cut, that was just prudishness to the detriment of the film. Essentially, I've seen a whole lot of advocacy for censorship.
Edited by Taupe Beats, 14 January 2019 - 03:28 PM.