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The Color of Pomegranates (1968)
"Sayat Nova" (original title)

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One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Sergei Parajanov's "Color of the Pomegranate," a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) reveals the poet's life... See full summary »

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Poet as a Youth / Poet's Love / Poet's Muse / Mime / Angel of Resurrection
Melkon Alekyan ...
Poet as a child (as M. Alekyan)
Vilen Galstyan ...
Poet in the cloister
Giorgi Gegechkori ...
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Spartak Bagashvili ...
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Medea Japaridze ...
Poet's mother
Hovhannes Minasyan ...
Prince
Onik Minasyan ...
Prince
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Yuri Amiryan
I. Babayan
Medea Bibileishvili
T. Dvali
Aleksandr Dzhanshiyev ...
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Guranda Gabunia
Zh. Gharibyan
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One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Sergei Parajanov's "Color of the Pomegranate," a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song) reveals the poet's life more through his poetry than a conventional narration of important events in Sayat Nova's life. We see the poet grow up, fall in love, enter a monastery and die, but these incidents are depicted in the context of what are images from Sergei Parajanov's imagination and Sayat Nova's poems, poems that are seen and rarely heard. Sofiko Chiaureli plays 6 roles, both male and female, and Sergei Parajanov writes, directs, edits, choreographs, works on costumes, design and decor and virtually every aspect of this revolutionary work void of any dialog or camera movement. Written by PARAJANOV.com

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The version available on DVD now was first released in its entirety in 1992. This is the version that was submitted to the Soviet censors in 1969 and rejected and re-cut considerably. There is a fuller version, longer than the director's cut still in the archives (somewhere) of Armenfilms. See more »

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Abstract film from one of Russia's greatest directors
9 December 1999 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Sergei Paradjanov's The Color of Pomegranates has to be One of the most oddest films I have ever seen. I felt confused after watching this film, although this must be a typical response to most viewers who watch films that do not have a standard linear plot. The Color of Pomegranates originally interested me after I saw it listed in Time Out's list of the 100 most significant films of the century. The viewer who may be interested in this film may want to do some background first on the 16th century Armenian poet and troubador Sayat Nova who is depicted in this film. The movie is not necessarily a biography of his life but a look into his own personal world. Viewing this film will prove to be quite a challenge for the average film fanatic. Trying to understand the meaning behind each symbol proved easier for me after I researched his background. If you don't like movies that make you think this film is probably not for you.


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