7.6/10
1,104
7 user 14 critic

The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985)

Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa (original title)
A film version of a well-known Georgian folk-tale. A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces.
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
3 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ashug-Karibi (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's ... See full summary »

Directors: Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze
Stars: Yuri Mgoyan, Sofiko Chiaureli, Ramaz Chkhikvadze
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life around... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Ivan Mykolaichuk, Larisa Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestayeva
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan
Khostovanank (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Khostovanank (1990) survives in Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) in its original camera negative. It remained unfinished due to the death of Sergei Parajanov. Khostovanank (1990) was his ... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Sofiko Chiaureli, Yuri Mgoyan
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A short mediation on the work of Georgian painter Niko Pirosmaniszvili (1862-1918).

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Olga Reus-Petrenko, Yevgenia Miroshnichenko, Eduard Koshman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Made in wartime and edited in candlelight, Mikhail Vartanov's rarely-seen masterpiece tells about his friendship with the genius Sergei Parajanov who was imprisoned by KGB "at the peak of ... See full summary »

Directors: Mikhail Vartanov, Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Sergei Parajanov, Mikhail Vartanov, Sofiko Chiaureli
Pervyy paren (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Tamara Alexeeva, Andrei Andrienko-Zemskov, Varvara Chayka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set in a mining town in the Donets Basin, it centers on a clash between the political establishment and a religious cult which infiltrates the community.

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Inna Burduchenko, Lyudmila Cherepanova, Boris Dmokhovsky
Kivski Freski (1966)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Tengiz Archvadze, Vladimir Artman, Alexandr Kotchekov
Blanche (1971)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Blanche is the young, pure, beautiful wife of the Master of the castle, in a secluded land. Every man is in love with her, including the King and his servant Bartolomeo, visiting the Master.

Director: Walerian Borowczyk
Stars: Michel Simon, Georges Wilson, Jacques Perrin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Konstantin Russu, Lydia Sokolova, K. Stirbu
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Veriko Anjaparidze ...
Fortune Teller (as Veriko Andjaparidze)
Tamari Tsitsishvili
Dudukhana Tserodze ...
Osman-Agha's Mother
Dodo Abashidze ...
Osman-Agha / Simon
...
Vardo
Zura Kipshidze ...
Durmish-Khan
Levan Uchaneishvili ...
Zurab (as L. Uchaneishvili)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M. Abaishvili
Leila Alibegashvilli ...
Young Vardo
G. Ambartsumov
Mzia Arabuli ...
(as M. Arabuli)
L. Arzhanov
T. Arzhanov
Paata Baratashvili ...
(as P. Baratashvili)
Gia Burjanadze ...
(as G. Burdzhanadze)
Edit

Storyline

A film version of a well-known Georgian folk-tale. A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

April 1986 (Soviet Union)  »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Suram Fortress  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the original sound track was destroyed in a fire at the Georgian film archive in Tbilisi. See more »

Connections

Featured in Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Parajanov -- an inspiration to other creative artists
14 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SURAM FORTRESS has a bit more narrative than some of Parajanov's films but, as with the others, I still don't always understand what's going on or why. Still, his very eccentricity, breaking every rule of narrative and filmmaking, inspires me in my own work as a playwright and composer.

His use of striking, associative images -- powerful, even when they don't make literal sense -- recalls the great Tarkovsky, who does something similar in his films, in his own very personal style.

Parajanov, like Bresson -- another director who can fascinate and baffle me at the same time -- does everything differently from the way it's usually done, infuriating viewers expecting believable characters and comprehensible stories. With both directors, the results can be uneven, but at their best, they really inspire, stimulate, and get your creative juices flowing.

Bresson, Tarkovsky, and Parajanov prove you can truly try ANYTHING while following your own artistic vision. But, unlike some overpraised fraudulent directors, they are never pretentiously avant- garde for its own sake, phony, insincere, or "different" just to come across as cool, perverse, or faux-profound.

Parajanov and Bresson's boldly individual styles embolden me to be fresher, more original, and think outside of the box in my own work.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What type of Color? JackBluegrass
Discuss The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?