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Andrei Rublev

1966
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3h 25m
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Avg Percentile 76.78% from 2004 total ratings

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(2004)
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Rated 17 Jan 2007
38
5th
There's some amazing shots in the film. And I like Boriska and his story. But almost everything before him is dull. Tarkovsky somehow manages to make even a brutal pillaging look boring. I don't care at all about Rublev or his religious struggles or his guilt or his artistic blah blah. This is the kind of thing Bergman does far more elegantly in less than half the time. It's also a tad confusing at times, which is to be expected when almost every main character is "that guy with the beard."
Rated 30 Jun 2020
64
34th
You know how when a movie is based on a book you haven't read you still expect it to make sense? I feel that way about the Bible sometimes. What I got generally was an artist despairing while masons and carpenters labor around him, making flying machines and huge wood stockpiles and buildings. A giant bell mold becomes a crucible where faith transforms into miracle. But sweet white baby Jesus the final shot of the trinity icon is so interminable it leaves me exasperated instead of inspired.
Rated 12 Apr 2009
75
44th
A beautiful movie that gave me a lot to think about. The acting is strong, the visuals stunning, and the start and end are quite fun. The middle, however, drags and lasts nearly 2 hours. The characters are sometimes hard to distinguish, the episodic nature of the story keeps the film somewhat lively but also makes it harder to follow and all the religious talk fell flat on me. Basically I appreciate the hell out of it, I might even go so far as to say I liked it, but I didn't enjoy it much.
Rated 24 Apr 2008
99
99th
Wow. Andrei Rublev is the best film I've seen in a while. It is extremely long (about 3 and a half hours), but the great pacing and the constant beautiful imagery keeps you mesmerized throughout all of it. Andrei Rublev is full of great images and symbolism, most of which represent religon, and has many beautiful lines that will make your jaw hit the floor. Rublev is filled with slow moving scenes, as well as fast paced chaotic scenes that will change the mood often. A very rare film experience.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
30
20th
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Rated 27 Feb 2007
2
0th
boringggggggggggggggggggggg
Rated 22 Nov 2010
70
65th
Many parts are quite extraordinary. The POV opening: very good. The action throughout: beautifully done. I even liked the slower, more meditative scenes. Nothing can excuse the last hour. Completely eschewing everything that went before it, Tarkovsky suddenly decides to chronicle the production of a bell! The very end isn't my idea of a good joke, either. In fact, having just spent over 3 hours of my life, I considered it an insult. So I recommend you turn it off when the annoying girl shows up.
Rated 19 Feb 2008
55
25th
On one hand I appreciated this film as insight into Russian art history and culture. On the other hand, it's painfully long and could easily have been trimmed to 50% or less of the epic length it encompasses. Unless the viewer is already as enthralled with the subject matter as the makers were, they will not be comfortable sitting through this. As such, this is not recommended for general audiences or even film students--probably best only for Russian- or art-historians.
Rated 25 Sep 2014
60
29th
Moody, philosophical and dull, as one can expect from Tarkovsky. There are some adequately interesting conflicts on religion here (particularly in the first half) and the cinematography can be jaw-dropping. But I simply can't invest in a story -for 3 1/2 hours no less- where the pathos seems so staged and superficial (Nikolay Burlyaev's performance being a possible exception). Ultimately, its grandiose final montage leaves little impact -"Andrey Rublyov" strikes me as a cold sort of beauty.
Rated 15 Jan 2015
90
80th
You never even seeing him painting. Doesn't seem like such a great painter to me.
Rated 26 Jul 2008
80
67th
It was a beautifully shot film with nice cinematography. It's loosely based on the 15th century Orthodox icon painter, Andrei Rublev, and the setting is wonderful. Really convincing medieval scenery. Religious imagery isn't heavy handed. Even if you're an atheist I think you could appreciate it. The movie also asks some important questions, along with examining how an artist deals with the times. Even though I wasn't as entertained by it as I could have been, it's still masterfully done. See it
Rated 21 Nov 2009
91
97th
The last chapter is simply breathtaking.
Rated 09 Nov 2018
4
74th
On man's capacity for cruelty (and horse's, for that matter). Violence and filth, punishment and misery. To suffer and, for the enlightened, to endure. Andrei is a companion of the same year's Balthazar. It is clear that this is a towering, ringing, singular achievement, but in truth it's one for which my appreciation is mostly academic rather than devout.
Rated 29 Nov 2015
95
97th
(Based on and review for part 1:) You'll get much more out of it if you approach it as it were a black comedy, with the reason being that it largely is a black comedy. From apathetically and ruthlessly assaulting people for minor infractions such as dancing and being happy to hypocritcally condemning those who celebrate love while voyeuristically spying on them, this most of all functions as a bleak satire.
Rated 21 Feb 2015
80
71st
Thank god for the plot summary on Wikipedia.
Rated 27 Mar 2009
81
69th
Not really a movie about Andrei Rublev or his art as much as it is a meditation on being an artist, with heavy political and autobiographical references. Too bad, I find Tarkovsky commenting on Tarkovsky to be dull. Still, I have to admit he's got talent with a camera.
Rated 01 Nov 2012
69
26th
The best aspect of the film is the cinematography: the locations are gorgeous and it's just one of those films where ever shot is absolutely perfectly framed and organized. The rest of the film is slow, complicated and scattered, which is of course par for the course for Tarkovsky, but I think he meets his tipping point here. The only scenes that I found truly engaging were those involving Kirill, but unfortunately this is a minor section of the film. The worst parts of the film drag on forever.
Rated 19 Jun 2016
90
92nd
Andrei Rublev isn't so much a portrait of his life, but more an insight into people struggling against life's moral and religious demands for the sake of pursuing art. A couple of the acts feel a bit unnecessary, but I suppose they contribute something towards immersing you in that particular zeitgeist, or at least Tarkovsky's personal vision of it. The final act with Boriska (Nikolai Burlyayev, who's as precocious as he is in Ivan's Childhood) is so fraught with agony, and easily the best.
Rated 14 Mar 2012
70
54th
while there are some glimpses of tarkovskys future one of a kind camera work, the plot simply does nothing to intrigue me. actually, ivans childhood was made before this, making the camera work here less fantastic in comparison. overly long would be an understatement. biggest disappointment of tarkovskys entire catalogue.
Rated 22 Jun 2009
95
97th
Feels so much shorter than 3+ hours long. Maybe the best sound design of all Tarkovsky’s career. Some astounding sequences : the pagan sexcapade, the raid, the creation of the bell. And the jaw dropping opening. Transcendent filmmaking
Rated 23 May 2019
60
32nd
At over twice the runtime, Andrei Rublev isn't as immediately visually or thematically arresting as Ivan's Childhood, but when Tarkovsky hits those highs it's undeniably beautiful. I can't believe he threw a horse down a flight of stairs.
Rated 28 Feb 2010
100
99th
As far as I'm concerned, this is the most that can be done within this medium. The benchmark against which I judge every other film. Movement, time, history, inspiration, love, hatred. All fully represented on film. No wasted moment.
Rated 17 Dec 2022
87
78th
Spectacularly mounted epic has many stunning images and arresting sequences, especially thanks to Tarkovsky’s sedate, though laser-focussed eye behind the camera which allows the viewer to slowly and gradually drink in the enormous scale and detail of the world (and journey) he has created. So overwhelming as a totality that you can forgive a second hour which almost succumbs to sleepiness, before pulling everything together for the “bells” finale, done on a scale which would make Herzog proud!
Rated 12 Jan 2009
100
99th
very strong poetry - visionary and philosophical ! Great opening and twice greater end. The whole "Bell" chapter is like something beyond this world
Rated 20 Jan 2009
83
88th
Beautifully done epic story of Russian history, (iconic) art history and a strugle with one's belief. But the story is very hard to follow; it takes a lot of attention to get the best out of it. Very meaninful message. Tension of the story grows towards the end. One of the best Russian history flicks I've seen recently.
Rated 27 Aug 2007
97
97th
The length and pacing combined with the beautiful imagery is literally stunning. There are so many scenes in the film that are breathtaking and memorable. Andrei Rublev is an epic of the grandest proportions. It's a marvel in the truest form.
Rated 10 Jul 2021
80
54th
At least two chapters are masterpiece-level, and the composition throughout is some of the greatest of all time. But so much of it feels too opaque, the chapters too disconnected to properly tell the story of a life. I also don’t find Rublev himself to be a very compelling character - I found myself frequently frustrated with him more than anything else. When this movie works, it soars. I just felt like a lot of it was nowhere near the level of Tark’s best.
Rated 21 Jul 2015
50
12th
Very, very little of this film resonates with me, and the cinematography--one of the aspects to most look forward to in a Tarkovsky film--is perhaps some of the most uninspired he's done. The second half of this film assuages the first half's dreadfully torpid pace but, all the same, I simply struggled to become whatsoever invested in the narrative and, more crushingly for a Tarkovsky film, in the imagery. Can't ever see myself watching this again. Ever.
Rated 10 Apr 2017
45
10th
3 and a half hours, if you watch the original edit which I'm not against in principle...just that Tarkovskys pace is soo slow, it feels like 6. Don't be intimidated by experts who wear these grueling experiences as a badge of honour: As Frank Zappa said 'If it sounds GOOD to you, it's bitchin'; if it sounds BAD to YOU, it's shitty.'
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
89th
Perhaps twenty years since I saw this, and the score is not certain. My recollection is that it seemed to capture the feeling of the 15th century as a time of strangeness, ignorance, cruelty and fear, but that the last section about the bell somehow undermined this and perhaps became a Tarkovskian variation on socialist realism, with a Christian, artistic inflection. Other people seem to like that section best, so I cannot say that my recollections are to be in any way trusted. Poor horse.
Rated 12 Jun 2017
65
19th
Has the look of a good movie but the feel of a boring one. Tarkovsky's other work has more purpose in its philosophical ramblings or slow camerawork but in this one, everyone is just rambling and everything is tedious. Inexcusably thin despite the long length and an interesting premise/character.
Rated 08 Apr 2007
40
24th
I felt alienated from the movie despite the amazing imagery and some moments of truth. Neither the characters, not the setting or Tarkovski's very personal reasoning about Rublev was enough to get my anticipation.
Rated 07 Mar 2010
100
99th
Rublev is more about the times of Andrei Rublev's life devoid of biographical speculation about the person. The film is split into influential events that occur in Rublev's time. There are 3 notable "chapters" which cement this film as a masterpiece in my eyes..The pagan ritual in "The Holiday", the sacking of Vladimir by Tatars in "The Raid", and the casting of the bell "The Bell". There is a rawness and honest ambition that goes along with Tarkovsky's style that is just surreal and beautiful.
Rated 22 Oct 2009
90
89th
The bell scene is great.
Rated 22 Jul 2020
100
99th
The Real Artist - A massive study examining only the passages of time between creation. The creative voids opened by suffering, violence, and faithlessness/faithfulness around and inside of Andrei. A 3 hour contemplative war between true sacrifice and creative obligation. As ambitious, empathetic, and impressive as cinema is capable of being.
Rated 10 Nov 2013
85
93rd
I don't get the people that don't care for the Bell-part. In my opinion thats where the entire story comes together and ultimately becomes worthwhile, and I just love the young boy in that part, hes brilliant.
Rated 10 Aug 2011
100
99th
The best film of all time.
Rated 25 Jul 2020
100
96th
Tarkovsky captures some of the deepest and fundamental truths about life in his film about the 15th century Russian icon painter. In the first 2/3 of the film, he captures the terror, sadness and hypocrisy of life, and then vividly shows why we carry on anyway in the sublime final hour. One of the very best films ever made.
Rated 02 Sep 2012
90
80th
How would they have made films in Russia in the fifteenth century? It seems to me that Andrei Tarkovsky was as much fascinated by such questions as by the difficulty of knowing for sure what the painter Rublev did or what he was like. Obsessed with rain and fire, saintliness and abandon, the film is a celebration of a pagan age when no cause or claim has authority. Tarkovsky's epic stance reveals his single handicap: the lack of humor and the way in which that slows his grinding pace.
Rated 16 Jan 2013
87
95th
As dull as it is mind-blowing.
Rated 24 Sep 2008
80
72nd
There's some fantastic camera work on display and some of the characters' religious struggles are quite interesting. However, it's slow even by Tarkovsky's standards and the story was pretty muddled.
Rated 15 Dec 2008
100
97th
Gradual and subconscious. You only see its greatness if you take a step back and don't focus on the brushstrokes.
Rated 01 Oct 2007
75
66th
I find this the least of Tarkovsky's films.
Rated 14 Oct 2015
87
93rd
tarkovsky nin dönem filmi yapmasına çok sevindim 400 yıl öncesinde 3 saat, dekor kostüm kaos gerginlik çok iyi. hayat siyah beyaz renksiz tatsız tutsuz, filmin sonu da baya güzel o hayattan çıkan rengarenk ikonlar tam film sonunda ihtiyaç duyarken. kiril le andrei nin monologlar baya iyi zaten ama anlamlandıramadığım çok şey vardı artık bi 5 sene sonra bilemedin 10. ama savaş sahnesini daha iyi olsun istedim tarkovsky çekmiş işte böyle olur diyemedim
Rated 17 Apr 2007
96
96th
# 38
Rated 07 Sep 2010
95
86th
if you look for something more than simple entertainment it's a must see
Rated 15 Nov 2014
80
90th
I'd say it succeeds admirably at portraying medieval Russia. It's a long, slow-moving film, but it's shot very well by Andrei Tarkovsky, who was very ahead of his time. I did feel somewhat alienated from all the religious and spiritual stuff, as I'm not familiar with it, but the film does have a real beauty and poetry to it. As with other Tarkovsky films, it's not for everyone, but certainly worth watching for any cinephile.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
97th
A thoroughly brutal yet beautiful epic that I believe uses its stories to examine the core of existentialism. The Seventh Seal comes to mind when watching it, and I'd say I prefer the more Russian take on these themes. Tarkovsky is a master.
Rated 15 Jan 2017
75
88th
/c Prince Charles Cinema.
Rated 17 May 2020
97
99th
Genuine historical epic. Rublev the loose reference point around which people sin and repent. Sin and repent. A film not about Rublev or the artistic process, but torment. 'The Holiday', 'The Raid' and 'The Bell' are cinematic masterpieces in their own right. As rich, deep and thick as film can be.
Rated 11 Jul 2010
5
80th
Extemely rewarding, if slightly muddled approach [christ allegories just seem too easy, and overdone], on oppression, redemption, and the capacity for human suffering.
Rated 09 Apr 2019
90
95th
The sheer scope of every scene is mesmerizing with tons of extras. The episodic arrangement is helpful but the movie does drag in the middle and the characters are difficult to tell apart. The plot felt disconnected especially without much exposition of why things were happening. Fav scene: waiting for that bell to toll. They actually built a bell!
Rated 11 Mar 2023
10
95th
A cinematographic tour-de-force, with each shot conveying startling depth and masterful pacing. The poignant episodes of Rublev's fragmented tale extend to Russia and and mankind in general; the Bell sequence is deservedly the most renowned, but it couldn't succeed without the scenes of struggle and reflection that pour forth before it.
Rated 14 Sep 2010
90
91st
An extraordinary film of amazing depth and epicness. It's amazing that this is only Tarkovsky's second full feature film, but it's a highly impressive and informative portrayal of artists from the 15th Century, whom are as talented to their work as Tarkovsky is to films.
Rated 30 Jul 2021
93
98th
I did not expect this, not even a bit. If poetry would be one film, this would be it. Andrej Rubljev is peak cinema and also peak contemplation. Movie is visually and aesthetically near perfect, the realism of medieval Russia is astonishing (Kubrick-like attention to detail, though it's maybe the other way around), the biblical themes are present throughout the film, so are more philosophical themes of those of morality, relation to higher... Andrei's character was odd, gotta say that.
Rated 14 Jul 2020
70
61st
A very frustrating film, as Tarkovsky seems to delight in withholding narrative details from the audience. Nevertheless, I have to admit that this film at least contains the seeds of genius and the concluding bell sequence easily makes the preceding 2+ hours worth watching.
Rated 02 Jan 2015
50
0th
Andrei Tarkovsky #1
Rated 29 Nov 2011
90
98th
The subject of the need for art in a grim, cruel world has been tackled before in this medium and in others, but never quite as effectively as in Andrei Rublev.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
98
96th
# 48
Rated 22 Jan 2008
80
95th
Andrei Rublev is not a film.
Rated 13 Oct 2018
90
94th
Gêmeos.
Rated 25 Aug 2017
84
83rd
Undeniably a masterpiece that demands your full attention. Unlike other Tarkovsky movies, it doesn't always do quite enough to hold that attention.
Rated 26 Apr 2019
95
99th
The Bell sequence is among the best whatever whatever whenever forever oh my g~o~d.
Rated 28 Nov 2018
80
77th
i could not finish at all. zor :(
Rated 26 Sep 2014
80
67th
3.5 hours of depressing. Spoiler Alert!: Russia looks really shitty
Rated 14 Oct 2016
80
56th
Didn't really grab me until "The Bell", but that portion alone makes every achingly slow (and beautiful) second beforehand worthwhile, most likely.
Rated 09 Nov 2014
80
65th
Tarkovsky is among the greatest of all time, and his sprawling, sporadic look at Russian history, art, and religion is fascinating. He seems to be operating on a different plane of filmmaking. Being straightforward is boring. He doesn't hold your hand. Instead he tosses strong images at the canvas and questions of faith and morality. It doesn't all hold together, but what does, does so beautifully.
Rated 17 Mar 2009
81
78th
starts off good enough, but keeps building up steam until the final part "the bell" and that part is dazzling. facinating story, and you can tell tarkovsky has made his mark on this movie. suffers from overacting at times, but the sweeping, epic story more than makes up for it.
Rated 14 Aug 2009
80
62nd
Part two was much better
Rated 21 Dec 2009
90
83rd
Strange episodic film, filled with haunting imagery. Has a lot to say about the position of the artist in society and his impulse to create.
Rated 11 Aug 2012
93
85th
Andrei Rublev is a roughly concocted and unadulterated monolithic personage of Russia's putatively known greatest iconographic painter. It artfully renders a loose juxtaposition via a chronological chapter-based plot arc with a contoured approach to Rublev's artistic triumph's and religiously-affiliated transgressions superimposed by an adroitly crafted chronicle of medieval Russia's tumultuous episodes and chaos-laden trajectories. A visionary tale of the incessant mutiny amid art and religion.
Rated 22 Dec 2020
87
71st
I drank a little too much and had to close my eyes for awhile but when I woke up I was really in the zone to appreciate this
Rated 19 Dec 2008
98
96th
41
Rated 20 Oct 2017
100
95th
a wild ride and masterful filmmaking. absolutely affecting, love and religion. "damn pagans. martha swim faster."
Rated 21 Dec 2012
72
50th
It's good, but It could've been half as long and it would've still had the same impact on me. The chapter with the bell tower is by far the most interesting part.
Rated 13 Mar 2009
100
95th
Brilliantly devised and directed. This magnificent film is worthy of comparison with the best of Eisenstein's historical dramas.
Rated 09 Mar 2019
89
69th
88.50
Rated 22 May 2023
8
70th
this is a three hour Soviet drama from the sixties about a famous 15th century Russian religious painter and mystic. that's exactly what you get, be warned
Rated 04 Jul 2007
60
27th
Op enkele blote tetten na begreep ik er weinig van.
Rated 02 Oct 2008
84
81st
I watched it at a medieval film course at university. I think this movie was well done, well told, well balanced. Good work.
Rated 28 Oct 2009
80
64th
Great, great cinematography. Also, epic horse death
Rated 16 Nov 2007
100
99th
love. this. film.
Rated 23 Mar 2013
55
15th
balonla uçmak, soytari, rahip, hirs, yetenegi kiskanmak, çiplak ayin, ikona sanatcisi, rölyef sanatcisi, 1408 Moskovayi tatar istilasi, Rusya, ihanet eden prens, ülkesine ihanet etmek, sehir yagmalamak, çan yapimi, ailesini veremden kaybedeb çocuk, meslek sirri (çan yapimi) (Bir sahnede tatarca duyuyoruz. Acik bir Türkçe konusma var.) Film kisimlara bölünmüs. Son kisim ise filmin en keyifli kismi (çan yapimi) çok agir ve seyir keyfi düsük.) SURE UZUN
Rated 12 Sep 2020
55
15th
I didn't get bored like I expected but I think this was an unsuccessful movie compared to Solaris and Stalker. It was uneccessarily long. I am not against long movies but if you decide to do a 3 hour movie you should know that the audience will not follow especially if it is black and white. Stalker is a perfect exception of this phenomena; secret meanings under that film makes audience want more and more. %50 of this movie was redundant. I am giving a break to watching Tarkovsky after this. :)
Rated 25 Nov 2018
80
78th
There's a lot to untangle here -- especially since plot threads weave in and out over 3.5 hours -- but I thought this was a much more enjoyable discussion of the creativity of an artist than was "8 1/2." (Maybe that's because most of the characters had some sort of hope of a purpose, whereas Fellini seemed to revel in the absence of purpose.)
Rated 11 Oct 2022
88
87th
“The artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect…” 
“This is the law of life, its real meaning: We cannot impose our experience on other people or force them to feel suggested emotions. Only through personal experience we understand life.” - Andrei Tarkovsky. “A Poet of the Cinema” Andrei Rublev had to experience turmoil and pain in his life and his paintings that, still today, portray symbolisms and tales behind it. Fascinating!
Rated 20 Nov 2010
77
76th
That bell construction scene must be one of the most fascinating scenes EVER.
Rated 08 Sep 2020
85
85th
08.09.2020 İstanbul Kartal
Rated 10 Feb 2019
83
80th
Tarkovsky, Andrei Rublev ile 13. yüzyıla dönerek Rus halkı üzerinden tarihi bir hikaye oluşturuyor ve teslis inancına dair keskin noktalara değiniyor fakat filmde bulunan oyuncular halktan ve içten görünmedikleri için kurmaca hissiyatı çok belirginleşiyor. Özellikle filmin mizahşör ilk bölümünden ziyade ikinci bölümü muazzam bir derin anlatıma sahip. Sanki 3 saatlik tek bir filmde 2 farklı hikaye izliyormuşuz gibi güzel ve kusursuz!
Rated 06 Aug 2011
90
88th
06 Agustos 2011 & tarkovsky mukemmel bir yonetmen, kurdugu atmosfer, kamerasi, mizanseni, ayrintilari mukemmel. film ile ilgili tek problemin storytelling kisminda oldugunu dusunuyorum. filmi parcalara bolup, bir puzzle havasini yarattigi icin ben butunluk hissine varamadim. belki de yonetmenin amaci buydu ama ben stalker filmindeki gibi bir butunluk hissini aradim. ikinci bolum, ilk bolumdan kesinlikle daha iyi. tartismasiz bir basyapit.
Rated 04 Jan 2010
94
94th
I didn't find it boring...stunning imaginery, beautiful music, very impressive.
Rated 03 Feb 2015
72
36th
Everyone's got those classics that just don't do it for them. There's chapters in this that worked for me, such as The Raid and Silence, but so much of it left me feeling disconnected and bored.
Rated 12 Mar 2022
86
90th
11.16 Hobbit
Rated 23 Aug 2020
95
98th
There is nothing more terrible than snow in a temple, is there?
Rated 07 Sep 2014
88
87th
With its deliberate pacing and episodic structure, this movie moves like a meditative, wonderful, sometimes terrifying dream. Tarkovsky's camerawork is exceptional, and the events of each segment are always engaging. There are a few scenes that'll likely stay with me for a long time. The Raid sequence, with its unexpected gruesomeness, is especially memorable, as is the final section about the construction of the bell. Throughout it all is an underlying cohesion that's difficult to explain.
Rated 25 Jul 2015
100
98th
Sheer perfection.
Rated 23 Oct 2011
100
98th
one of the greatest films ever! if you've been dealing with "art" and/or try to understand the mind of "artist", just watch it. Uncle Tarkovsky had solved those problems for you 45 years ago.
Rated 13 Jan 2010
98
96th
43
Rated 30 Aug 2019
60
51st
Tekrar izlemem lazım hepiniz 100 çakmışsınız.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
60
39th
At times insanely interesting, but mostly unrewarding (in lack of a better word).

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