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The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Sayat Nova (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 27 January 1982 (France)
A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.

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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
Gogi Gegechkori ...
Poet as an old man (as Giorgi Gegechkori)
Spartak Bagashvili ...
Poet's father
Medea Japaridze ...
Poet's mother
Hovhannes Minasyan ...
Prince
Onik Minasyan ...
Prince
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuri Amiryan
I. Babayan
Medea Bibileishvili
T. Dvali
Aleksandr Dzhanshiyev ...
Monk
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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Besides the film language of Griffith & Eisenstein cinema hasn't discovered anything revolutionary new until The Color of Pomegranates - Mikhail Vartanov


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Sergei Parajanov's 1968 masterpiece "Sayat Nova" was censored, re-cut, renamed (The Color of Pomegranates) and banned; its 1969 behind-the-scenes documentary (Tsvet armyanskoy zemli (1969)) was banned and the footage reappeared 20 years later in Mikhail Vartanov's influential documentary Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992), which demistifies the unique film language of "Sayat Nova." Parajanov's "Sayat Nova" appeared on the Top 10 and Top 100 lists in Cahiers du Cinema, Sight and Sound, Movieline and Time Out. Mikhail Vartanov famously wrote: "Probably, besides the film language suggested by Griffith and Eisenstein, the world cinema has not discovered anything revolutionary new until 'The Color of Pomegranates' not counting the generally unaccepted language of the 'Andalusian Dog' by Bunuel." Michelangelo Antonioni later added that the film "strikes with its perfection of beauty." See more »

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Poet as a Youth: In this healthy and beautiful life my share has been nothing but suffering. Why has it been given to me?
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Cinema as poetry: remarkable.
8 December 1999 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

One of the great films in all cinema, virtually incomprehensible to anyone not familiar with Armenian or Georgian history and culture. Whatever the dubious politics in enjoying a subversive political work as an aesthetic spectacle, there is much to astonish. The nominal story concerns an 18th century Armenian poet/national hero/martyr, but Paradjanov rejects biographical narrative in favour of a montage stream of religious, political, cultural, sexual imagery, composition and allegory unparalelled in the history of the medium, although fans of Von Sternberg will not be bemused.


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