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
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's 1968 masterpiece "Sayat Nova" was censored, re-cut, renamed (The Color of Pomegranates) and banned; its 1969 behind-the-scenes documentary (Paradjanov: The Color of Armenian Land
(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